WY Oil Worker Killed in Blast

Monday, November 5, 2018 @ 05:11 PM gHale

Smoking ruins from a oil site explosion and fire in Gillette, WY, that left one worker dead.

A 36-year-old Gillette, WY, man died in an explosion at an oil processing site in northeast Wyoming.

Beau Damori was found dead about four hours after an explosion that occurred about 2 p.m. Wednesday, said Campbell County Chief Deputy Coroner Steve Rozier.

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Two other men at the site were not hurt, said Sheriff Scott Matheny.

It is unclear what caused the initial combustion and subsequent explosions at the oil storage and water processing facility.

The explosion caused a fire that engulfed 10 large oil tanks, two passenger vehicles, two semi-trucks, three buildings, two full 1,700-gallon (6,400-liter) propane tanks and set off a grass fire, according to officials at the Campbell County Fire Department.

The fire burned for at least an hour and a half before the site was safe enough for firefighters to approach and to start battling the blaze because of the burning propane.

The site is owned and operated by Tisdale Creek Ranch Inc., a Gillette-based water hauling and waste water disposal firm. The company declined to comment for this story.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration division began its investigation Thursday morning, sending two investigators to the scene. Matheny said the investigation was handed over without reservation as nothing criminal appeared to have taken place in the incident.

It will take investigators up to six months to complete a report on the incident that caused Damori’s death. Those details will be shared with the family before they are made public.

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