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One person still missing after fire at oil refinery

By Ryan Prescher

An employee is still missing after a fire took place at the Marathon Petroleum Co. refinery in St. Paul Park on Saturday, the KSTP.com article “Employee still missing after fire breaks out at St. Paul Park oil refinery? by the Associated Press stated. The fire started around 8:30 a.m. in a fuel oil tank and was declared out around 9:30 a.m. The refinery’s human resources manager, Bob Behr, stated there were no immediate reports of injuries, but that one employee was still unaccounted for at midday. The employee was working in the area of where the fire broke out, the article stated. In addition, it is unclear of how the fire was started, and an investigation is still ongoing.

The KSTP.com article was very clear about what is known at this time about the fire at the oil refinery. In addition, to the statements from the refinery about the fire, there is a lot of information about what the plant does. For example, the article explained that over 75,000 barrels of oil are produced at this plant per day. Also, there are many sources that are used such as the human resources director and Washington County authorities. Lastly, the article makes mentioning of the pipeline explosion earlier in the week near Clearbook in northern Minnesota that killed two people.

Another source that contained information about this story was WCCO.com. The article “Employee missing after Twin Cities refinery fire? also by the AP, is the exact copy of the story that appeared on KSTP.com. There is no difference in the wording or structure of the sentences. All of the information is the same, and the sources are the same. Even the last statements about the Clearbook pipeline explosion are the same.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press also included an article about the fire. The article “Marathon refinery employee still missing after fire? by Nick Ferraro was relatively similar in the information that was provided, but the sentences and word structures are very different. This article was much easier to read because the sentences are shorter, and the most important information is at the top. In addition, this news article included statements from the Marathon Petroleum Company spokesman. In comparison to the last two articles, this one does not make any mentioning of the pipeline explosion.