Man still in burn unit after Silver Eagle explosion

Emergency response vehicles line a dirt road near Silver Eagle Refinery after officials responded to an explosion and subsequent fire at one of the company’s buildings. (COURTESY PHOTO/Uinta County Fire and Ambulance)

EVANSTON — An explosion and fire that occurred at the Silver Eagle Refinery east of Evanston on Saturday, Sept. 19, is still under investigation, according to Uinta County Fire Cpt. Tim Overy. The explosion occurred in the loading area of the refinery and completely destroyed the loading structure.  Overy said the fire itself was allowed to burn out while other structures were protected by local fire crews. There was still burn-off occurring as late as Monday.

Overy said federal regulators and officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are on scene as part of the investigative process, though no cause has yet been determined.

Two individuals were taken to Evanston Regional Hospital due to burn injuries sustained in the explosion. One person was treated and released the same day, while the other was transferred to the University of Utah Medical Center for treatment. Overy said that individual is still in the University of Utah burn unit due to the significant nature of his burn injuries.

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