ARTESIA, N.M. (KBIM-KRQE) - One contract worker was killed and a second is presumed dead inan explosion and fire that critically injured tow other workers atthe Navajo Refinery in Artesia Tuesday.
Artesia police identified the dead men as Natividad Andajo ofOdessa, Texas, and Victor Villa of Midland, Texas. Both worked forNorthwest Insulation of Texas.
The two injured men both worked for the company that wasinstalling insulation on an asphalt tank. Their names have not beenreleased.
The fire broke out about 1 p.m., and it took the refinery fireforce about 90 minutes to extinguish it. The refinery wasevacuated, but surround neighborhoods were not.
The refinery is just east of downtown Artesia.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Holly Corporation, which operates the refinery, issued astatement saying and refinery operations are not disrupted by theincident.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Initial reports had described the tank as a water tank.
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