FALLON, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) - There was an explosion at the Bango Refining oil refinery near Fallon injuring one person Monday morning. The injured man has only been identified as 24-years-old. He was hit with hot oil and asphalt, receiving burns over 58 percent of his body. Jerry McCullough with Banner Churchill Community Hospital tells News 4 the injured person was transferred to the UC-Davis Burn Center.
Plant Manager Ron Bell tells News 4 everything is under investigation at this time and it is unknown what initially caused the explosion. It is also unclear exactly what exploded. Deputies tell News 4 the explosion happened when workers tried to thaw a frozen pipe using a weed burner.
Sheriff Ben Trotter said initially after the explosion two people were missing, but crews say all people are now accounted for at this time. Careflight helicopters were sent to help transport any injured workers. NAS Fallon also sent crews to the area to help with the emergency.
The plant is about four miles northwest of the Lahontan Reservoir and employs up to 40 people.