An Alon USA employee suffered minor burns late Friday night after a gas compressor exploded, according to officials at the Big Spring Refinery.
Vice President of Refining Jim Crosby told local media outlets during the weekend the fire started at the refinery’s hydrocracking unit at approximately 11:50 p.m. Friday.
Crosby said the fire took approximately 40 minutes to extinguish. One employee was burned in the altercation and received first-aid treatment on the scene. The employee was not transported to a hospital, however.
A report filed by Alon with state regulators on Saturday said a gas compressor caught fire and flared during the incident, adding emergency workers brought the situation under control and stopped the flaring.
According to Howard County Volunteer Fire Department Chief Tommy Sullivan, he and his crew were called to the refinery shortly after the explosion. However, after waiting a short period in the facility’s parking lot, refinery officials said they had the fire under control or extinguished.
The explosion caused a loud boom which was heard throughout the eastern part of the county, according to local residents.
The damage caused by the explosion is unknown at this time. Officials at the Big Spring Refinery couldn’t be reached at the time of this report.
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