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Legal news for Washington employment attorneys. A fire and explosion rocked Anacortes which killed 1, injured four others.

Washington employment lawyers alert- A refinery explosion caused a fire and injured workers.

Anacortes, WA—A massive explosion rocked Anacortes as far as five miles away, which set off car alarms and shook homes, early Friday morning, April 2, 2010. Around 12:40 a.m., a blast at Anacortes Refinery that killed one person and injured four, as reported by KCPQ.

The explosion and intense fire killed on person and sent four others to area hospitals following the early morning industrial incident. Officials are also still trying to locate three missing workers, who have turned up after the explosion. Responding emergency services crews called in four medical helicopters to fly the victims to hospitals for treatment. The conditions of the injured workers are currently unknown.

Skagit County Fire Department and the Anacortes Fire Department battled the blazing inferno for two hours before they were able to put the flames. The fire was reportedly ignited in the catalytic unit for the naphtha unity of the refinery. Fire officials stated they are unsure how the fire started or how long it was ignited.

A full investigation into the refinery explosion and the whereabouts of the three missing workers is currently underway. The U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) are expected to conduct an investigation as well.

Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for Washington employment lawyers.