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Three Workers Are In Critical Condition Following Explosion

Three workers are in critical condition after an explosion and fire at an oil facility on Monday outside of Cheyenne. 

According to Lori Hogan, the public information officer for the Laramie County Fire District No. 2, the workers have burns on their faces, arms, and torsos, covering between 20 and 30 percent of their bodies. Their names have not been released.

One was airlifted to the Western States Burn Center in Greeley Colorado. The other two were first taken to Cheyenne Regional Medical Center and then were airlifted to Greeley as well. All three are employees of Greeley-based Mundt Energy Services, but they were working at a site owned by Kaiser Francis oil.

Two were pressure-washing an oil tank, and the third was welding when the explosion occurred. It was extinguished by the time rescue workers arrived. Inspectors from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating the incident.

Email: lpaterson@insideenergy.org; leighpaterson@rmpbs.org

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