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EXXON WORKER STILL MISSING AFTER FATAL REFINERY EXPLOSION

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Rescuers Tuesday searched through charred wreckage at the nation's second-largest petrochemical refinery for a worker missing in the aftermath of an explosion and fire that killed another man.

Separately, heating oil futures prices shot higher in early trading Tuesday in New York on speculation that the damage, combined with the nation's recent record-setting cold wave, would tighten already short home heating-oil supplies."They are searching now and they'll search through the night in the units where we've gotten clearance to go through," Exxon spokesman Travis Joslin said Monday night. "We've got to get assurance before we send people back into the dangerous areas."

Seven people were injured and one contract worker was killed when his pickup truck caught fire 100 to 200 feet from the Christmas Eve explosion. The blast at the plant on the Mississippi River in North Baton Rouge shattered windows up to six miles away and ignited a fire that raged 15 hours.

The name of the missing worker was withheld.

Co-workers reported seeing the missing man after the explosion, and officials wouldn't rule out the possibility he wasn't at the plant.

The fire, which burned into Monday morning, engulfed eight storage tanks, holding more than 4 million gallons of oil and lubricants; and two separator units, which remove water from oil, the company said.