On Tuesday night, a fire broke out at the BP-Husky Toledo refinery in Oregon, Ohio.
Around 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Lucas County Regional Dispatch received reports of injuries at the refinery located in the 4100 block of Cedar Point Road in Oregon, Ohio, local news reported.
At this point, it is unclear how many people were injured.
The cause of the incident is still unknown.
A number of witnesses have described the incident as an “explosion.”
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JUST IN 🚨 Massive fire with black smoke spotted at BP Refinery in Oregon, Ohio — injuries reported
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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.
According to BP Refinery’s website, BP-Husky Toledo refinery has been a cornerstone of the Ohio economy for more than 100 years, supplying fuel to the Midwest, supporting thousands of jobs, and investing in the community.
- The bp-Husky Toledo refinery can process up to 160,000 barrels of crude oil each day, providing the Midwest with gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, propane, asphalt, and other products.
- On a daily basis, the refinery produces 3.8 million gallons of gasoline, 1.3 million gallons of diesel fuel and 600,000 gallons of jet fuel.
- bp’s retail presence in Ohio includes more than 500 retail locations.
It can be recalled that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has temporarily suspended a federal rule for fuel sales in four states, including Indiana, in response to a fire that occurred at a BP refinery in Indiana last month, as reported by The Gateway Pundit.
It was feared that the incident might cause disruptions in both gas pricing and supply.
“As part of the Federal Government’s response to a fire and shutdown at the BP Whiting Refinery in Whiting, Indiana, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan today issued an emergency fuel waiver to help alleviate fuel shortages in four states whose supply of gasoline has been impacted by the refinery shutdown,” EPA said in a statement.
Oil & refined products analyst, Patrick De Haan said, “the waiver allows winter gasoline to be sold, and allows more components to be used in gasoline, thereby increasing the amount of available supply. Still no restoration timeline on BP restarting its refinery.”
The devastating fire coincides with the highest gas and diesel prices in US history under Joe Biden.
This is a developing story. Please come back for updates.