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Refinery Worker Still in Hospital

Feb 19, 2007 | AP

One of the people hurt in a fire at a Valero Energy Corp. refinery remained in a hospital's burn unit Monday.

A Valero contractor was in critical but stable condition at the University Medical Center's burn unit in Lubbock, the company said. Two Valero employees who had been in the burn unit were released from the hospital Monday, according to the company.

They were among 14 hospitalized after Friday's blaze at the McKee refinery in West Texas. The company over the weekend adjusted its earlier report that 19 people were hospitalized. Medical problems included smoke inhalation, chest pain, asthma and high blood pressure, the company said.

San Antonio-based Valero, the largest refiner in North America, operates 17 refineries, 16 in North America and one in Aruba. The McKee refinery is one of six in Texas and has a capacity of 170,000 barrels per day.

Sunray, which has population of about 2,000, is about 60 miles north of Amarillo.

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