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Missing Refinery Worker Found Dead

A refinery worker at the St. Paul Park Marathon Petroleum Co. refinery, who was considered missing on Saturday after a tank fire, was found dead Sunday.

According to the Pioneer Press, the man was Nicholas Gunter, 29, of Hastings, Minn. They also report that Gunter was found at around 1:40 p.m. and was found in a blending tank at the refinery. The fire occurred at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in one of the tanks at the refinery. Police, Marathon workers, firefighters and volunteers joined forces to search the refinery for Gunter. About 70 people total helped in the effort, according to Marathon spokesperson Robert Calmus.

The Star Tribune ran an AP story. The AP reports that Gunter had been a refinery operator in the blending operation since January 2006. Police are investigating both the cause of Gunter's death and the cause of the tank fire. They also report that the fire did stop operations at the refinery.