September 5, 2017 / 5:42 PM / 10 months ago

Refinery worker dies after fire at HollyFrontier Kansas refinery -hospital

NEW YORK, Sept 5 (Reuters) - A worker has died due to injuries from a fire on Monday at HollyFrontier’s El Dorado, Kansas refinery, a local hospital confirmed Tuesday.

A fire was reported at the 150,000 barrel-per-day refinery on Monday and a worker in the immediate area was hurt, the company confirmed via email on Monday.

The worker died overnight, according to Via Christi Hospital St. Francis without providing any additional details.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend and colleague. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends,” said George Damiris, CEO and president of HollyFrontier Cos, in a statement.

The fire started after a furnace associated with the plant’s reformer unit blew, a source familiar with the plant’s operations told Reuters on Monday.

The 22,000 bpd reformer unit was shut down, but the rest of the refinery remains in operations, the source said. (Reporting by Jarrett Renshaw; Editing by James Dalgleish)

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