DENVER May 26 A blaze engulfed a Colorado oil
tank battery on Thursday, killing one worker and injuring three,
Emergency crews were dispatched to the Anadarko Petroleum
Corp plant outside the town of Mead and found the site
in flames, the Weld County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
Two workers were taken to a local hospital for burns while a
third worker was taken to a separate hospital for undisclosed
injuries, the sheriff said.
Firefighters, sheriff’s deputies and Anadarko crews combed
through the site and found a fourth worker who was “declared
dead at the scene,” police said.
None of the workers has been identified and the cause of the
fire is under investigation, authorities said.
Anadarko spokeswoman Helen Wells said the workers were with
a contract crew performing maintenance at the site when the
Thursday’s fire marked the third fatality in little over a
month connected to oil and gas facilities operated by
Texas-based Anadarko in the same area, about 35 miles north of
In mid-April, an explosion at a home in Firestone, about
five miles away from Mead, was traced to a cut and uncapped
natural gas line leading away from a dormant well owned by
State investigators said the gas had seeped for months into
the home and somehow ignited, killing two men inside and
severely burning a woman.
That explosion prompted Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper
to order all oil and gas companies operating in the state to
locate, inspect and cap all similar "flowlines” within 1,000
feet (305 meters) of any occupied buildings.
(Reporting by Keith Coffman in Denver; Editing by Nick Macfie)