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Injuries reported, crews on scene of what witnesses describe as ‘explosion’ at BP refinery in Oregon, Ohio

Lucas County dispatch could not say how many people were potentially hurt or how seriously. At least two employees were badly burned, their family confirms to WTOL.

OREGON, Ohio — Oregon Fire Department crews are responding to an incident at the BP refinery on Cedar Point Road Tuesday evening.

Large amounts of black smoke, flames and burnoff have been seen coming from the area.

The nature of the incident has not yet been disclosed by officials, but witnesses described it as an “explosion.”

At least two people were badly burned, the family of the injured refinery workers confirmed to WTOL 11.

Chris Howard was waiting to hear from his father who works at the plant Tuesday night. He received a phone call around 7 p.m. from a friend who works security at the refinery.

“He said it was like some sort of explosion,” Howard said. “He told me there was just a big rumble at the refinery, lots of fire everywhere. He said it’s the worst he’s seen. Lots of people injured.”

Lucas County Regional Dispatch confirmed that EMS responded to the scene and to reports of injuries. Dispatch was unable to say how many people were potentially hurt or how serious the injuries may be.

The refinery has been running for over 100 years. It covers 585 acres and can process a capacity of 155,000 barrels of crude oil per day.

The refinery produces gasoline, liquefied petroleum gas, diesel fuels, jet fuel, propane, propylene, flue gases, kerosene, sulphur, heating oil, pet coke and asphalt. 

In August, Calgary-based Cenovus announced it will pay $300 million for BP’s remaining 50% stake in the BP-Husky Toledo Refinery. Cenovus, BP’s joint venture partner, already owns the other 50%.

This is a developing story. Stay with WTOL 11 for the latest updates on air, online and on our free WTOL 11 News app.

Oil unit blew up , Prayers to all my friends that are working this right now ! Blessed I wasn’t in the refinery today . Prayers to all injured stay strong Brothers & Sisters

BP Husky Oregon , OH

Posted by Raymond Zachary on Tuesday, September 20, 2022

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