Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Investigation Begins After Silver Eagle Refinery Explosion

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Now that the fire is out at Silver Eagle Refinery, officials at the company, along with fire department, will begin investigations on what caused the blast that critically or seriously injured four workers, as well as leading hundreds being evacuated.

According to the South Davis Metro Fire Agency, the fire was finally put out at close to 4 a.m. by over 80 firefighters who worked for hours through the night to get a handle on the blaze. It started when after an explosion at around 5:30 on Monday.

Of the four injured workers - two employees and two contractors - one remains hospitalized with critical injuries. All four had either "second- or third-degree burns to their upper extremities," said refinery manager Kerry B. Carroll.

Those living within a half-mile of the refinery were forced to evacuate to a Woods Cross High School, which is located near the facility.

Investigators say it will probably take a week to conduct the investigation before finding the cause of the explosion.


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