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Man Dies From Oil Well Fire


The Associated Press reports that one worker died and three were injured in a fire at a McKenzie County oil well site on Saturday afternoon.

The Associated Press reported that, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, crews were working on a workout rig about eight miles east of Watford City. The well, owned by XTO Energy, ignited at about 8:30 a.m.

Johnny Stassinos, 52, Rock Springs, Wyo., died from his injuries Saturday afternoon at Trinity Hospital in Minot, the McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office reported. Daniel Montes, 28, Fruita, Colo., and Richard Maheu, 27, Rock Springs, Wyo., suffered serious burns and were in critical condition at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. Justin Pyle, 30, Grand Junction, Colo., was treated and released for minor injuries from McKenzie County Heathcare Systems Hospital in Watford City.

The workers were employees of Most Wanted Well Service and SEI Well Service, said Emily Snooks, a spokeswoman for XTO, a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil Corp.

XTO has also formed an investigation team to determine the cause of the incident, Snooks told the Associated Press.


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