One man was killed and another injured when leaking butane gas exploded Saturday morning at the Amoco Oil Co. refinery in Casper, company officials say.
Rick Nemitz, 33, was killed after flammable gas ignited while he was shutting down the unit, according to company spokesman D. Allen Miller. Nemitz had been working on an upper deck of the outdoor unit and was either blown to the ground or fell, he said.Kurt Sides, 31, was hospitalized in stable condition at the Wyoming Medical Center, suffering from second- and third-degree burns to his face and left hand, Miller said. Sides had been working on the ground at the time.
It took Amoco fire crews and Casper city firefighters three hours to put out the blaze that started with a flash of fire.