One Dead, One Injured in Seneca Petroleum Explosion in Illinois

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LEMONT, IL – Representatives from the Will County Coroner’s Office, Illinois OSHA, and the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating an explosion Tuesday morning at Seneca Petroleum located at 12640 S. New Avenue in Lemont left one person dead.

According to Lemont Fire, it happened just after 9:40 a.m. when firefighters were called to a reported fire involving an asphalt storage tank with numerous injuries. Additional resources were requested from Citgo Refinery and Romeoville Fire Departments.

Upon arrival, one worker, identified by the Will County Coroner’s Office Tuesday afternoon as 25-year-old Dru A. Worker of Homewood, was found dead at the scenes. Another was transported to Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet.

Firefighters were able to get the fire under control just after 10:20 a.m. OSHA and ComEd were called to the scene to investigate the cause of the explosion.

The blast also caused some power lines to come down, further complicating the situation.

Damage estimates are not yet available while the fire remains under investigation.

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