Belfast Telegraph

Friday 28 November 2014

Oil refinery blast victims named

Julie Jones was one of four people killed in the blast at a Chevron oil refinery in Pembroke Dock
Julie Jones was one of four people killed in the blast at a Chevron oil refinery in Pembroke Dock
The road was closed following the incident at the Chevron refinery in Pembroke Dock

Police have named the four people killed in a blast that ripped through an oil refinery in Wales.

Julie Jones, a 54-year-old grandmother from Pembroke; Dennis Riley, 52, a grandfather from Milford Haven; Robert Broome, 48, a father of seven from Milford Haven and Andrew Jenkins, 33, a father of young twins from Milford Haven were killed in the Chevron explosion on Thursday.

Dyfed Powys Police said a fifth person is in a critical but stable condition in hospital.

A joint police and Health and Safety Executive investigation is being carried out into the blast after it tore through the refinery in Pembroke Dock, south Wales.

Maintenance work had been carried out on a 730 cubic metre storage tank which exploded around 6.20pm on Thursday, damaging an adjacent vessel.

Detective Chief Inspector Martin Davies, the senior investigating officer, said: "The bodies of the deceased were removed from the scene yesterday evening. We are now working with forensic experts to formally identify the bodies.

"Since the incident occurred our specially trained officers have been supporting the families and next of kin of those who tragically lost their lives.

"A fifth casualty remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital.

"The family have asked police not to release the name or any other details at this stage, and the media are kindly asked to respect the privacy of all the families affected by this incident at this difficult time."

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