- Associated Press - Monday, January 12, 2015

LIMA, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio oil refinery explosion that shook homes at least 10 miles away will keep the facility closed for about a week, but the shutdown will not affect supplies to customers, the plant’s operator said Monday.

Husky Energy Inc. said the refinery could still operate with the damage to one of its processing units but the company wants to temporarily shut down as a precautionary move. Husky spokesman Mel Duvall said the company has enough inventory to continue to serve customers.

No one was hurt in the blast that triggered a fire and burned for about 14 hours Saturday at the Husky Lima Refinery, which is about 70 miles south of Toledo.

The explosion happened in a processing unit where crude oil is heated so it can be turned into other products. The damaged unit processed about 25,000 barrels a day, Duvall said.

No dangerous contaminants were released into the air by the explosion and fire, according to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. But the company will continue monitoring for contaminants this week, the EPA said.

No one had to be evacuated because of the fire, but nearby streets were closed for hours and about 20 homeowners reported the explosion broke their windows.

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