Man killed in Lindsey Oil Refinery explosion

A worker has been found dead after a fire and explosion at an oil refinery in North East Lincolnshire.

The man was working near a crude oil distillation unit which exploded at Lindsey Oil Refinery in North Killingholme on Tuesday.

He has not been formally identified but police said he was believed to be a 24-year-old Grimsby man and officers have been in contact with that man's family.

Two other people suffered minor injuries in the incident.

More than 50 firefighters from Humberside Fire and Rescue Service were called to the plant where black smoke was seen billowing into the sky.

'Tragic incident'

Oil company Total which runs the refinery, said in a statement that it could confirm "with deep regret" that one man had died in the fire and explosion.

It said that formal investigations were being carried out by the police and the Health and Safety Executive.

"We are fully co-operating with these inquiries in order to understand exactly why this tragic incident occurred," it added.

People living near the plant reported hearing the explosion. Employees at the refinery said the fire stared in a superheated industrial heater near where they walked to work.

Humberside Police initially warned residents to stay indoors and close their windows, but people were later told they could leave their homes.

Clean-up operation

The fire has now been extinguished. The parts of the refinery affected by the explosion had been shut down and safely isolated, Total said.

A clean-up operation of the affected area was under way.

"Our foremost priority has been to ensure that the areas of the refinery unaffected by the incident are safe for our workforce to continue to work," the company said.

"As a precautionary measure, we communicated to our workforce this morning that a full inspection was under way of potentially affected areas.

"This exercise remains ongoing but all results so far show no risks to the safety and health of our workforce."

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