Production at Newcastle refinery on hold after power outage causes small fire at facility

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CASPER, Wyoming — Production at a Newcastle refinery is on hold after a power outage caused a small fire at the facility.

James Runyan, president of the Wyoming Refining Co., tells The Casper Star-Tribune ( ) no one was injured in Friday morning's fire, and production is expected to resume within 48 hours.

He says a transformer in the area went out, cutting electricity to Upton, Osage and Newcastle and prompting the refinery to enter an emergency shutdown. A tube inside a heating unit ruptured during the shutdown, causing the fire.

The blaze was extinguished within 20 minutes.

Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune,

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