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Missing refinery employee

According to the Pioneer Press, authorities searched for a St. Paul Park refinery employee Saturday night and some believe he may be injured or dead after a fire broke out earlier Saturday morning.

The man, whose name has not been identified, clocked in as usual at the Marathon Petroleum Company Refinery but was not accounted for after the tank fire ended.

We know that he was at work," Bob Behr, the refinery's human resources manager, said. "When people come into work, they have to scan into the plant so that if there's an emergency we can account for all individuals. We also know he didn't leave because he would have had to scan out."

The fire started about 8:30 a.m. and was declared out by 9:30 a.m. The fire was contained in a 10,000 barrel fuel oil tank.

No injuries were reported, Washington County Sheriff's department officials said.

The company will conduct a formal investigation to determine the cause of fire, but employees did say they heard an explosion.

The impact was minimal because the fire was confined and nothing indicates it had any environmental impact.

According to the Star Tribune, the barrel contained about 8.000 gallons of fuel oil and it wasn't immediately clear if production would be affected.

According to the Marathon company website, the plant has won several awards for workplace safety in recent years.

The employee was still missing around 5 p.m. Saturday evening.