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Two injured in fire at Delaware City Refinery

Delaware Public Media

A fire at the Delaware City Refinery injures two workers.

The fire started around 1:40 Wednesday afternoon according to refinery officials.

In-house firefighters responded immediately and quickly contained the fire, bringing it under control.

The News Journal reports the workers were critically injured and flown to Christiana Hospital.

The refinery says all other the employees and contractors have been accounted for without any injuries.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The Delaware City Refinery experienced another fire early last year as a result of an inadequately winterized pipe. 

Regulators said that fire lasted nearly 13 hours and was followed by an even longer flaring event. The entire episode released more than three tons of combined air pollutants. 

The refinery settled with the state early this year to resolve those and other permit violations — to the tune of  $70,000.

This story has been updated.

Sophia Schmidt is a Delaware native. She comes to Delaware Public Media from NPR’s Weekend Edition in Washington, DC, where she produced arts, politics, science and culture interviews. She previously wrote about education and environment for The Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, MA. She graduated from Williams College, where she studied environmental policy and biology, and covered environmental events and local renewable energy for the college paper.
Joe brings over 20 years of experience in news and radio to Delaware Public Media and the All Things Considered host position. He joined DPM in November 2019 as a reporter and fill-in ATC host after six years as a reporter and anchor at commercial radio stations in New Castle and Sussex Counties.
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