Oil Field Explosion Leads to Death of 36-Year-Old Wyoming Man

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An oil field explosion has claimed the life of a 36-year-old man in the Gillette, Wyoming area. Two other workers who were on the site managed to escape without injury, but the heat of the blaze kept firefighters away from the oil field site for at least an hour after they were called to the scene.

Beau Damori lost his life in the oil field explosion and the fire that followed, which involved 10 large oil tanks, two passenger vehicles, two semi trucks, three buildings, and two full 1,700-gallon propane tanks, as well as ground shrubs and brush that surrounded the site. 

Cause of Oil Field Explosion Currently Unknown

The site of the fatal oil field explosion also holds a water processing facility. According to Fire Warden Dale Izatt, the conflagration and explosion was called in to the fire fighters by an area rancher, prompting an emergency response that included a medical helicopter being sent to the scene. Though firefighters responded promptly, the risk of more explosions from the propane tanks on the sight kept them from approaching the scene for at least an hour.

Though the tanks did begin venting, there were no additional explosions and the county coroners were able to recover the body about three hours after the initial blaze was called in. It took almost twelve hours and a total of eighteen first responders to fully extinguish the blaze, which also caused the shutdown of a nearby highway.

An investigation into the cause of the oil field explosion will be conducted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to determine whether the blaze and explosion was preventable. According to the local sheriff’s office, there is no indication that the blaze involved any type of criminal activity. OSHA’s investigation is expected to take up to six months.

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