Utah Refinery explosion knocked homes off foundations

Legal news for Utah general litigation attorneys. A oil refinery blast and fire rocked a nearby neighborhood.

Utah General litigation lawyers alerts- An oil refinery explosion caused a fire and damaged several homes.

Salt Lake City, UT—An oil refinery explosion blasted nearby homes from their foundations, broke windows, bent garage doors, loosened roof trusses, and even peeled siding off of the side of the houses. The explosion at the Silver Eagle Refinery located at 2355 S. 1100 West occurred on Wednesday, November 4, 2009 around 9:13 a.m., as reported by KSL.

A leaky line containing hydrogen and diesel fuel spilled onto the ground and somehow ignited and caused the violent explosion, which ultimately ended in a fire. The intense explosion was felt miles away from the source. Ten nearby homes sustained major damages in the blast; one house was condemned as a result. The home of Linda Wood, which is located just 200 yards from the oil refinery, discovered the front doors of her home were wide open, the windows were blown out, dishes were scattered across the floor, and her home was knocked off the foundation. Wood’s home was condemned as a result; officials feared the home would crumble if strong winds came through the area. There were no reported injuries from the refinery or from the surrounding homes. Officials from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) http://www.chemsafety.gov/ are conducting a full investigation at the refinery.

Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for Utah general litigation lawyers.