On Sunday, November 29, a flash fire occurred at a refinery in Delaware
City. According to reports, paramedics were called to the facility at
approximately 6:50 p.m. on Sunday evening to respond to the fire which
caused severe burns to the neck and face of a 62-year-old worker at the refinery.
"The paramedics treated him for first- and second-degree burns to
his face and neck," said Sgt. Michael A. McColley, a paramedic spokesman, on Monday morning.
The man who was injured during the flash fire was taken first to Christiana
Hospital but was then transferred to Chester-Crozier Burn Center. He has
since been reported to be in stable condition.
History of Accidents at the Gasoline Production Plant
Earlier this year, Christiana Hospital treated three other refinery workers
who were affected by a chemical release. One of the workers, who was 52-years-old,
was treated for symptoms that included headache, dizziness, and weakness.
Another 36-year-old female employee suffered weakness and lethargy. The
third, a 40-year-old woman, was taken to the hospital as a precaution.
That occurred just one week after a fire had destroyed a building and equipment
at that facility.
This refinery, which has operated since 1956, has seen two other deadly
incidents. In July of 2001, a tank exploded that contained spent sulfuric
acid, water, and hydrocarbons. It killed one worker and injured eight
others. In November 2005, two were killed after being asphyxiated by nitrogen.