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Explosion at Husky oil refinery in Superior, Wisconsin

27 April 2018, 12:42 | Tara Lloyd

Refinery explosion in Superior. Image courtesy WAOW TV

Refinery explosion in Superior. Image courtesy WAOW TV

Authorities in Superior say the explosion at the Husky Energy oil refinery happened at about 10 a.m. Thursday.

As of this time, Great Lakes Elementary, which is located near Husky Energy, is not being evacuated.

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. Mary's Medical Center and a fifth was on the way, said a hospital spokeswoman. Essentia Health is transferring its patients to St. Mary's in Duluth.

"The Emergency Department will be closing as soon as patients can be transferred to Essentia Health-St".

An update from the Mayor's Office regarding evacuation.

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. Please stay away from the scene.

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SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) - The number of people injured in a refinery explosion in Wisconsin has grown to at least 11.

There is a report of multiple casualties.

According to initial reports, as many as 20 people may have been injured, but there was no word on their conditions.

Authorities now say five people have been taken to hospitals after an explosion rocked a large refinery in Wisconsin.

Fire reported to be out.

Panger said the fire was out by 11:20 a.m., although smoke could be seen rising from the plant. He added 5 people were transported - No report on severity of injuries.

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In Duluth, spokeswoman Jessica Stauber says St. Luke's Hospital is treating one person. "There's a big black plume of smoke coming out". We will continue to keep you informed as the situation evolves.

Dan Williams the executive director of the Northland Chapter of the Red Cross said they have sent Red Cross volunteers to the area to assist on location. Calumet Superior operates as a subsidiary of Calumet Specialty Products Partners, which sold the plant to Husky Energy a year ago. This may cause delays and or suspensions of service throughout transit system.As of 2:45 p.m., the following DTA bus routes have been impacted: Route 23 (Gold) - Suspended Route 18 - After 4:00 p.m. may be suspended Route 12 - 3:34 p.m.

Neighbors on Facebook reported the explosion shook their homes.

Nemadji Golf Course, as well as the Superior YMCA, are being evacuated. He said he doesn't believe anything they were working on caused the explosion.

The explosion happened in the midst of a five-year turnaround when the company was in the process of shutting down the refinery and performing a complete work-over which brings as many as 1,000 construction workers to the site, said Bob Jauch, who represented the area in the state Senate for 32 years until retiring in 2014.

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