Multiple casualties reported after oil refinery explosion

EXPRESSWisconsin explosion At least 20 people have been hurt

Panger added the explosion was reportedly from a small tank explosion, and the product is believed to be crude or asphalt.

The fire chief says there are no known fatalities.

Emergency Management spokesperson Deb Stein says schools and other public facilities are being evacuated.

"There are injuries, which are being treated at hospital and on site", Husky energy said in a statement. The refinery is in an industrial area, but there's a residential neighborhood within a mile to the northeast.

Nemadji Golf Course, as well as the Superior YMCA, are being evacuated.

Fuller said golfers were visibly shaken as they came off the course.

WITC in Superior has also closed for the day on Thursday, with all scheduled events and classes are also canceled. Mary's Hospital-Superior is evacuating all patients, as a precaution.

The explosion happened around 10:06 a.m., WDIO-TV reports.

We will continue to update this story as information becomes available.

In Duluth, St. Luke's Hospital was treating one person and did not expect to receive any more, spokeswoman Jessica Stauber said.




Electric crews from Hunt Electric were performing annual maintenance at the plant, so more workers than usual were on site. She says the extent of injuries is unknown.

According to Fox 21 in Duluth, the explosion "could be felt from blocks away". Eyewitness News has a crew on the scene.

Officials say there are no fatalities at this time.

Multiple agencies have responded and rescue personnel are on scene and working to manage the incident.

Five people have been taken to the hospital at this time;.

About 180 people work at the refinery, built in 1950. The two cities, and Mayors Paine and Larson, have been and remain in communication. The Superior Fire Department has operational control of the situation, and all questions should be directed to them.

Multiple casualties were reported after an explosion and fire rocked the Husky Energy oil refinery in Superior, Wisconsin, on Thursday morning, the Duluth News Tribune reports.

The number of people injured has grown to at least 11, from initial reports saying six. A live camera from KBJR showed smoke from the refinery billowing into the sky.

Multiple crews were called in to assist in the response.

According to CBS3 Duluth Hospitals are preparing to treat victims of the explosion. The flame at center right is a normal part of refinery operations.

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