Eleven injured in oil refinery fire in Wisconsin town of Superior

Refinery explosion in Superior, Wis., injures at least 20

Refinery explosion in Superior, Wis., injures at least 20

Authorities lifted an evacuation for Superior order just before 6 a.m., allowing residents to return to their homes and jobs in the Lake Superior port city of 27,000 people.

Fire has ignited and the Douglas County Sherrif's Office, along with the Emergency Management have ordered a mandatory evacuation for 10 miles south of the refinery, which is where the smoke is going.

An explosion rocked the Husky Energy oil refinery in Superior on Thursday morning. Mary's Medical Center, which operates hospitals in Superior and nearby Duluth, Minnesota. Friday classes were cancelled in Superior and nearby Maple school districts.

There were no immediate reports of fatalities, and Duvall said all of the refinery's workers had been accounted for.

Authorities say a smoky refinery fire that forced many residents of Superior, Wisconsin, to evacuate is out. Police blocked roads into the area around the refinery.

The Superior Police Department described the situation as an "evolving scene" in a news release. So far, there are at least 20 injuries reported. Several people have been taken to hospital and are reported to be in stable condition.

Multiple agencies have responded and rescue personnel are on scene and working to manage the incident.

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Jim Paine, the mayor of Superior, said most of the towns population of 27000 were affected by the order.

Based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Husky is among Canada's largest petroleum companies in terms of production and the value of its asset base.

An explosion broke out at an oil refinery in the US state of Wisconsin on Thursday, which resulted in at least multiple casualties, according to local media.

Refinery officials said the smoke plume was caused by burning asphalt, and that it burned so hot that fire crews could not get near it to extinguish it. Others were treated on site.

Husky continues to work with first responders and regulatory authorities.

Executive director Chelly Townsend says people were trickling in to the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center after doors opened late Thursday afternoon. There is no danger to the public or local residents at this time.

More information to come when available. He said a small tank exploded, and the product was either crude oil or asphalt. There is a report of multiple injuries.