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Injured in Wisconsin Oil Refinery Explosion, Officials Say

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EXPRESSWisconsin explosion At least 20 people have been hurt

Husky Fire - Press Release 2: At approximately 10:06 today Superior Fire Department responded to a report of an explosion at Husky Refinery in Superior. Shelters were being readied for evacuees at University of Wisconsin-Superior and an elementary school. At this point Stein could not categorize how many people might be affected by the evacuation order.

Allie Fuller works at the Nemadji Golf Course, which is just one mile south of the Husky Refinery. The corridor downwind to the south of the refinery is sparsely populated. Six people were transported to nearby hospitals, but no deaths were reported, Paine said.

According to the Duluth News Tribune, the refinery, located at 2407 Stinson Ave in Superior, Wisconsin, employees about 180 people. Essentia Health is transferring its patients to St. Mary's in Duluth. She said emergency room physicians described those patients as awake and alert. Mary's Hospital in Superior and five others are being treated, including one person suffering severe blast injuries, at Essentia Health-St.

Panger didn't have details about the extent of their injuries. Duluth Hospitals are preparing to treat victims of the explosion.

SUPERIOR, Wis. (WEAU) -The Superior Fire Department is now responding to an explosion at the Calumet Oil Refinery in Superior.

Paine originally told TIME the scene was stable and the fire had been put out, but Superior Police later said the fire had reignited.

The Superior refinery processes light and heavy crude oil from the Bakken shale formation in North Dakota and western Canada into fuel products and asphalt.

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The Superior refinery was built in 1950, acquired by Murphy Oil in 1958 and sold to Indianapolis-based Calumet for $475 million in 2011.

They have received 10 patients due to the fire-five in Duluth and five in Superior. There are no known fatalities. The fire is out.

A contractor who was inside the building told WDIO television that the explosion sounded like "a sonic boom" and that it happened when crews were working on shutting the plant down for repairs.

The company was responding to an incident at the refinery and emergency crews were on site, Husky spokesman Mel Duvall said, adding, "We are aware an individual has been transported to the hospital", according to Reuters. 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.

The blast at the Husky Energy oil refinery happened at about 10 a.m. Walking wounded still be accounted for.

The local Fox affiliate said more smoke appeared after 1 p.m. EST (1700 GMT), after receding from the initial explosion.

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