One killed in blast at Texas oil refinery

By Calvin Palmer

An explosion at a Texas oil refinery yesterday killed one person and injured two others.

The blast occurred around 9:30 p.m. at a Valero refinery in Texas City, according to a police spokesman.

Valero spokesman Bill Day said the explosion followed a boiler failure. The identities of the victims have been withheld until their families have been notified.

The extent of the damage and cause of the incident are under investigation.

The 245,000 barrel per day refinery, which employs 480 people, continued to operate after the boiler failure.

San Antonio-based Valero Energy Corp. is North America’s largest independent petroleum refiner and marketer.

[Based on reports by The Houston Chronicle and Reuters.]

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