Detroit, MI- Resident's in the Melvindale area is breathing a sign of relief today as they were given the all clear signal yesterday behind the explosion at the Marathon Refinery. Many residents reported the sound of a loud bang, then came plumes of black smoke that could be seen from miles away.
Temperatures in the afternoon rose close to 70 degrees, which had many people outside. Reports of the explosion and fire came in just before 6 pm local time. One employee was injured in the blast, authorities said.
Marathon spokesman Shane Pochard told the Detroit Free Press the small fire Wednesday morning was extinguished quickly and a worker had minor injuries. Authorities are now questioning whether this explosion and fire was somehow linked to Wednesday's fire
Saturday afternoon police canvased the neighbor knocking from door-to-door telling residents of the evacuation.. This morning the residents were back in their homes, but the air in the surrounding area had been tested and showed that the air is at a safe level.
Another question authorities want answers to is why did it take the Marathon response team so long to respond to the actual incident.
Marathon’s own fire crew did help battling the flames, along with first responders from Detroit and surrounding areas. At least two trucks at the scene were streaming water and two trucks were streaming foam.
A HazMat team from the Detroit Fire Department and Senior Fire Chief Carl Smith were at the scene as well. The fire was extinguished just before 8 pm local time.
About 300 Marathon employees and additional 300-400 contractors work at the refinery, Peter Brokas, the head of security reported..