Explosion Shuts Down Southeast Defiance Oil Refinery

Defiance, Ohio – An explosion at an oil refinery in southeast Defiance has led to authorities shutting down a section of the area. The incident occurred at the Glycerin Traders oil refinery plant, prompting the Defiance Police Department to issue a warning for residents to avoid the vicinity of Columbia Street near Ottawa Avenue, Greenler Street, and Sauers Avenue due to an emergency situation.

Witnesses reported feeling the explosion from nearby businesses, with flames visible at the oil refinery. An employee from Clifford R. Hunt Inc. mentioned experiencing the impact and flames from the office. Despite the chaos, there was no immediate evacuation order from the authorities.

As of now, there is uncertainty surrounding any injuries resulting from the explosion. Glycerin Traders’ Defiance plant specializes in distilling methanol, a process involving the purchase of wet methanol from biodiesel operators for the production of reclaimed methanol.

Details are still emerging from the scene, as authorities and emergency responders work on handling the aftermath of the explosion. The situation in southeast Defiance remains under investigation, with officials likely to provide updates as more information becomes available regarding the incident.

The incident serves as a stark reminder of the potential dangers involved in industrial operations such as oil refining. The impact on nearby businesses and residents underscores the importance of safety protocols and emergency preparedness in such environments. Stay tuned for further updates on the situation in Defiance as the story develops.