Multiple Explosions at Oil Refinery in Superior: 11 Injuries; No Fatalities Being Reported

Fire is Out; Evacuations Remain in Place

UPDATE (6:50 p.m): Officials are now saying that the fire is out. Evacuations do remain in place. We will have more details as they become available.

Here’s a link to the city of Superior which has more updates: https://www.douglascountywi.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=520

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UPDATE: The City of Duluth is opening a host site for Superior residents who have been evacuated due to the Husky Refinery explosion.

The Duluth Entertainment Convention Center will be the Duluth location that Superior residents can access.

The host site is accessible through Door D in the Ticket Lobby. Parking will be free.

Basic provisions will be provided including cots and food through the Red Cross Northland.

Pet sheltering will be available. Donations of food or water should be directed to the Red Cross at 722-0071.


UPDATE: The DTA is assisting emergency service providers with the evacuation of areas in Superior by diverting buses used for regular-route service to transport citizens to safely. This may cause delays and or suspensions of service throughout transit system.

  • As of 3:15 p.m., all DTA regular-route bus service is operating on the Standard Weekday Schedule. However, some bus routes may experience minor delays during peak service.

The public can get information on specific DTA routes by calling 218-722-SAVE (7283) or by visiting duluthtransit.com. Updates will also be posted on the DTA’s Facebook and Twitter pages.


Evacuation Map:


FROM THE MAYOR’S OFFICE: Fire has ignited and the Douglas County Sheriffs Office, along with the Emergency Management have ordered a mandatory evacuation for 10 miles south of the refinery, which is where the smoke is going.

Also people are being asked to evacuate 2 miles north and 3 miles east and west of the refinery and one mile all the away around it. Please stay away from the scene.

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UPDATE: The fire reignited at about 12:30 p.m. It appears the new explosion is from asphalt tanks.

An Essentia Health spokesman said they have received 10 patients; five in Duluth and five in Superior. Nine have non-life threatening injuries, while one has a serious blast injury.

A St. Luke’s hospital spokesperson said they have one injured patient. There condition is being listed as fair.

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SUPERIOR, Wis.-An explosion has been reported at Husky Energy, formerly Calumet oil refinery, in Superior.

It’s been reported the explosion could be felt from blocks away.

Here’s the latest press release from Superior Fire Department:

At approximately 10:06 today Superior Fire Department responded to a report of an explosion at Husky Refinery in Superior.

There is a report of multiple injuries. Initial reports are at least 5 transported – No report on severity of injuries. No fatalities. Multiple agencies have responded.

Mayor Jim Paine is at the scene right now monitoring the situation.

Fox 21 has reached out the schools in that area, but haven’t heard of any closures in the area.

Calumet is home to 180 employees.

Fox will update you as more details become available.

We have a crew on the scene right now.

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