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USA – 2 Injured In Oil Facility Fire & Explosion

usa 1CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Two workers were injured in an explosion and fire at an oil facility in Converse County on Friday while working with fluid at a well head.

The blast happened shortly before noon at the Chesapeake Energy Corp. facility about four miles north of Douglas.
A generator was running at the time of the explosion, but the state fire marshal would have to determine the cause of the fire, Converse County Undersheriff Justin Scott said.

Officials from Chesapeake Energy, who responded after the fire was reported, said they would have a statement later on the incident.

‘There were several people from Chesapeake who showed up, but we had to keep them back,” Scott said.

Two contractors with Susquehanna Services were pumping fluid out of containers at the time, said Rob Black with the state Department of Workforce Services.

One worker was taken to a hospital with burns, and the other worker was hospitalized with unknown injuries, Black said. The workers’ identities and conditions weren’t immediately available.

Firefighters put out the fire while the other workers were evacuated.

The area around Douglas has seen heavy oil drilling in recent years.

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