WY Oil Facility Blast Injures 3

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 @ 11:08 AM gHale

An explosion and flash fire Monday morning at an oil facility in Wyoming left three men injured, one of them critically.

The three were welding at the time of the blaze, said Lori Hogan, spokeswoman for Laramie County Fire District No. 2.

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“It looks like it was natural gas that was ignited,” she said. “They might have hit a natural gas line.” Hogan said the three men suffered burns over 30 percent of their bodies.

The man critically injured in the fire ended up flown by helicopter to Greeley for treatment. The two others ended up rushed to the hospital via ambulance to Cheyenne, WY.

Hogan said the blaze happened at a facility owned by the Tulsa, OK-based Kaiser-Francis Oil Company. The site is about 15 miles northeast of Cheyenne on Laramie County Road 135.