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Multiple injuries reported in explosion at Wisconsin oil refiner

Multiple injuries reported in explosion at Wisconsin oil refiner

Police say anyone two miles to the north, three miles to the east and west and 10 miles to the south of the refinery should evacuate the area immediately.

Evacuees are being told to gather at Yellowjacket Union at the University of Wisconsin-Superior or at Four Corners Elementary School in Superior. At this point Stein could not categorize how many people might be affected by the evacuation order.

UPDATE 1:10 P.M.: A ten mile area south of Husky Energy is being evacuated, and a one mile radius around Husky Energy is also being evacuated.

According to the President of Hunt Electric, workers on scene included electricians and plumbers, and all were accounted for at the scene, except for one worker who is in the hospital.

The number of people injured in a refinery explosion in Wisconsin has grown to at least 11. She said emergency room physicians described those patients as awake and alert.

Essentia Health closed all of its facilities in Superior, including the entire St. Mary's Hospital out of an "abundance of caution", a spokesperson said. The other nine injuries are not life-threatening, she said.

In Duluth, spokeswoman Jessica Stauber says St. Luke's Hospital is treating one person. She did not have a condition for that person.

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The explosion at the Husky Energy oil refinery happened Thursday morning. Superior Mayor Jim Paine said he was at fire headquarters and reported almost all of the injured are accounted for and transported from the scene. Superior police later tweeted that the fire had reignited and urged residents living within the evacuation area to leave.

- Evacuations have been ordered in Superior, Wisconsin after an explosion and series of fires at the Husky Refinery.

The fire chief says there are no known fatalities.

Panger did not know the severity of the injuries. The fire is out.

A contractor working inside the building at the time of the blast said the explosion sounded like a "sonic boom" and that it happened when crews were shutting down the plant for repairs.

The refinery had been fined by federal officials several years ago under its previous owners.

More than 10 people were transported to hospitals after an explosion at the oil refinery that was reported at 10:06 a.m. They were being treated at hospitals in Superior and nearby Duluth, Minnesota. Chief Panger says walking wounded on location as well. It produces asphalt, gasoline, diesel and heavy fuel oils, largely using heavy crude oil imported from Canada.

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