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Husky Refinery Remains Evacuated After Tower at Risk of Falling was Discovered

Updated: February 21, 2020 05:20 PM

Superior's Husky Refinery remains evacuated and Stinson Avenue remains closed after a tall stack on the south side of the refinery was discovered at risk of falling Thursday.

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Superior Police used drones to take a preliminary look at the stack and say there is no evidence of damage.

Husky staff is developing a plan to determine the next steps and further investigate. A spokesperson for Husky said safety of their workers and the public is a priority.

Mayor Jim Paine released a statement Friday saying,

"The City of Superior will continue to monitor the refinery and support Husky's efforts to safely stabilize the site. Public safety remains our highest priority and we will keep Stinson avenue closed until the area is fully safe. We are grateful that there is no other risk to the public at this time."

The SPD said there is no risk of fire, explosion, or release of any chemical. 

Authorities say while crews were working on the tower, they heard a pop and "noted a defect in the Tower's structural integrity," a press release said. 

"To be clear, even in a scenario where the tower collapses, there is nothing around the tower which could be struck which would cause a danger to the community," police said. 

Stinson Avenue is in the "fall zone," so it is currently blocked off. Authorities ask people to plan accordingly for their Friday morning commute. 

The refinery is the site of a 2018 fire and explosion that caused an evacuation of most of the City of Superior. 

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