JENSEN â€“ A massive explosion and fire at Adler Hot Oil in Jensen, near the Split Mountain Travel Center, leveled at least one building and was felt at least as far away as Maeser early Saturday, March 2.
The explosion in the Ashley Valley Industrial Park destroyed one building and damaged eight others, said Chief Todd Wallis, with the Jensen Fire Department. There were no reports of anyone hurt or killed by the explosion.
The large blast shook much of the Basin and flooded the central dispatch center with calls from residents. It occurred around 12:15 a.m. Crews arrived on the scene and immediately began searching the area surrounding the explosion.
An evacuation order was issued for everybody within a half-mile radius of the explosion. Fire crews brought the blaze under control within hours, but the evacuation order was expected to remain in place until noon Saturday, as crews are still dealing with a leaky propane tank at the scene.
People who were displaced were set up at a shelter at the Vernal Middle School.
Crews from Jensen, Vernal and Naples Fire Departments responded. Law officers from the Uintah County Sheriff’s Office, Vernal City, Naples City and the Utah Highway Patrol responded, and Gold Cross Ambulance provided medical standby. The Utah State Fire Marshal is investigating the explosion.
Wallis said he wanted to thank the Uintah County Office of Emergency Management, the Uintah School District, the Uintah Basin CERT Team and the Red Cross.
People who need help during the evacuation can call the Red Cross at 435-828-8563.
According to Vernal Express archives, this is the second fire at Adler. In November 2010 the building was heavily damaged and two people injured in an explosion and resulting fire.