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Clinton, IA Explosion at ADM Grains Kills Firefighter, Injures Another

A Clinton, IA explosion at ADM Grains has killed Lieutenant Eric Hosette of the Clinton Fire Department. He leaves behind a wife and young daughter. Lieutenant Hosette, 33, was rushed to Mercy Medical. Medical personnel tried to revive him, but could not. Firefighter Adam Cain was injured in the blast. Temporarily missing after the explosion, […]

Update: Husky Superior Refinery Explosion and Fire Investigation

In a “Factual Investigative Update: Husky Superior Refinery Explosion and Fire,” the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board released its findings on the explosion and fire that occurred on April 26, 2018 in Superior, Wisconsin. The report was issued in December, 2018. In its investigation, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) […]

Update: A worker injured in MarkWest explosion has died

Update: A worker injured in MarkWest explosion has died. Jeffrey Fisher, of Salem, West Virginia, died of his injuries at UPMC-Mercy hospital in Pittsburgh. He was a contract worker employed by Energy Transportation, LLC, of Bridgeport, West Virginia. As reported in a previous story, published on December 16, 2018, an explosion at MarkWest Energy injured four […]

Mark West Energy explosion

MarkWest Energy explosion injured four in Pennsylvania A MarkWest Energy explosion injured four employees in Chartiers Township, Pennsylvania on December 14, 2018. The incident happened at the MarkWest Energy natural gas processing plant on Western Avenue in Houston, Pennsylvania. The explosion happened during routine maintenance procedures on two temporary tanks. A fire resulted from the […]

El Rio explosion injured three, destroyed home north of Oxnard, CA

An El Rio explosion injured three people and destroyed a home at the intersection of Lemar Avenue and Cortez Street on November 24, 2018. Ambulances took three people to hospitals. Captain Stan Ziegler, of the Ventura County Fire Department, described the injuries as “significant.” The VC Star newspaper reported that there was one large explosion, […]

Heather Gardens Gas Explosion Killed One, Injured Two in Aurora, CO

A Heather Gardens gas explosion killed one person and injured two others in Aurora, Colorado. The victim was identified as 82-year-old Carol Ross. One of the two injured people was a firefighter, who has already been released from the hospital. The other injured person is expected to recover.  Firefighters were already in the area, summoned […]

Austin Natural Gas House Explosion Killed One, Injured Another

An Austin natural gas house explosion killed one and injured another on October 27, 2018. Both people were badly injured and taken to a local hospital. One of them, Nicole Burton, 44, was transferred to San Antonio Brooke Army Medical Center burn unit. Tragically, she died four days later. A Gofundme page has been set […]

Delaware City Refinery Explosion Injured Three Workers

A Delaware City Refinery Explosion injured three workers on Tuesday, October 30, 2018, inflicting serious burns.  According to New Castle County Paramedics, one 39-year-old worker was in critical condition, with burns to his arms and face.  A 36-year-old worker was in serious condition with burns to his face and neck. A 22-year-old worker, the third […]

April Explosion at Superior Refinery Allegedly Caused by Safety Violations

Safety violations allegedly caused the April explosion at Superior Refinery that injured 11 people, according to a federal investigation. The incident happened on April 26, 2018. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited the refinery for 13 safety violations. OSHA spokesman Mark Hysell said, “Ensuring the mechanical integrity of critical equipment used during the […]