An explosion at the Tesoro Corporation refinery in Anacortes, Washington has killed four people and injured three.
According to several local news sources, three men died at the accident scene. The men were identified as Matthew C. Bowen, 31, of Arlington; Darrin J. Hoines, 43, of Ferndale; and Daniel J. Aldridge, 50, of Anacortes. A 29-year-old woman, Kathryn Powell, died of burn injuries after she was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
Three other people were reported to be hospitalized with severe burn injuries covering most of their bodies. The three are a 36-year-old woman and two men, ages 34 and 41.
Anacortes is a town of about 15,000 on Puget Sound and is north of Seattle and Everett.
The explosion occurred around 12:30 am this morning and it took about an hour and a half to extinguish the fire.
The cause of the explosion is being investigated by Tesoro, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board and by the Washington Department of Labor and Industries.
Our deepest condolences to the families of those killed and to those hospitalized with serious injuries.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in industrial accidents and the family of those killed.