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Two men injured in oil treater fire

Two men are in the hospital for severe burns after an oil treater caught fire in Mountrail County, North Dakota.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that Kyle Stipcich, 27, and Jonathan Henderson, 30, of Williston-based Riverside Welding were injured around 1 p.m. on Friday. Both men were working inside a structure that houses oil treatment equipment when it caught fire. The incident occurred approximately five miles southwest of Ross.

Jenni Dale of the Mountail Sheriff’s Department said in a statement, “Henderson was reported to have jumped into a snow bank to extinguish the flames, and Stipcich was put out by three individuals that were nearby.” Stipcich was burned on the lower half of his body and Henderson was extensively burned on his upper body, including his face and head. Both men were wearing flame-resistant clothing at the time.

Henderson was admitted to Trinity Hospital in Minot and Stipcich was flown to the Regions Hospital burn unit in St. Paul, Minnesota. Dale reported that “no explosion was reported during the time of the fire inside the treater.” The well where the incident took place is controlled by Oasis Petroleum.

In related news, Tomblin calls for study of increased deaths from gas-drilling boom.

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