Lawsuit States Oil Refinery Owners Negligent in Blast, Fire

Husky has not Responded

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) – A lawsuit alleges that negligence by the owners of Wisconsin’s only oil refinery caused an explosion and fire that injured 36 people and caused a mandatory evacuation in the city of Superior.

The class action lawsuit against Husky Energy says the evacuation after the April 26 refinery explosion forced the three plaintiffs to spend extra money on food, supplies, transportation and childcare.

The Star Tribune says one woman’s mother, who was in home hospice, was so stressed by the evacuation that she died soon after.

The explosion sprayed shrapnel and pierced a tank of asphalt which ignited a massive fire . Federal investigators suspect a worn valve allowed air to mix with hydrocarbons, triggering the blast.

Husky Energy officials say they have been working to resolve any claims related to the fire, including those for accommodations, food, and lost wages.

They also say they have successfully closed about 98 percent of the claims presented to them and continue to address others.

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