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Two workers injured in flash fire at Superior Refinery

The two contractors were brought to a local hospital but their conditions were not immediately released.

The entrance to the refinery in Superior.
The entrance to the refinery in Superior — then owned by Husky Energy — in May 2018, a month after an explosion and fire severely damaged the facility and led to the evacuation of much of the city.
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SUPERIOR — Two contractors were injured in a flash fire while working to rebuild Cenovus' Superior Refinery on Friday.

Construction activity caused a flash fire at about 1:20 p.m., injuring two workers who were treated on site and then brought to a local hospital "for assessment and treatment," Cenovus spokesperson Kim Guttormson said in an email to the News Tribune.

The fire "was quickly extinguished," Guttormson said.

Cenovus did not immediately provide the severity of the workers' injuries to the News Tribune.

Superior Fire Department officials confirmed they responded to a medical call involving burns at the refinery Friday and that two people were transported to the hospital, but they would not say what condition the victims were in.


"The safety of our personnel and the community is our top priority. Cenovus takes all incidents very seriously and will be conducting a thorough investigation to determine the cause," Guttormson said. "The site was temporarily shut down, however, work will resume later today."

An Occupational Safety and Health Administration spokesperson did not immediately respond to the News Tribune's request for comment.

The refinery is currently undergoing a $1.2 billion rebuild after an explosion and fire on April 26, 2018 injured 36 workers and led to the evacuation of much of Superior.

Calgary-based Cenovus Energy took over the refinery when it closed on the purchase of Husky Energy last year.

Jimmy Lovrien covers energy, mining and the 8th Congressional District for the Duluth News Tribune. He can be reached at jlovrien@duluthnews.com or 218-723-5332.
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