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Eight Injured In Utah Refinery Blast
January 13, 2009

An explosion at a Utah oil refinery triggered a fire that burned for 11 hours before being extinguished early Tuesday, authorities said.

The fire injured four people working at the Silver Eagle Refinery in Woods Cross about 10 miles north of Salt Lake City, The Salt Lae Tribune reported. Four firefighters were also burned.

The workers, two employees and two contract workers, were in critical but stable condition Tuesday, Kerry Carroll, the refinery manager, said in a statement.

Residents of 100 houses within a half mile of the plant were evacuated for several hours Monday night after the explosion, which occurred at about 5:30 p.m. About 40 people were sheltered in Woods Cross High School.

South Davis Metro Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Bassett said that firefighters were able to confine the blaze to the tank where the explosion occurred. About 80 firefighters worked for hours before the fire was reported extinguished at 3:45 a.m.

"It took quite some time to get that large amount of foam to cover," he said. "But once that was done, we were able to extinguish the fire and open the hatch. We looked inside, and it was safe."

Source: United Press International

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