• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
43s

4 hurt, 400 evacuated after Washington plant fire

By Associated Press 1:33 PM March 31, 2014
PLYMOUTH, Wash. (AP) –

Authorities now say one of the four injured in an explosion and fire at a natural gas processing plant along the Washington-Oregon border was sent to a hospital in Portland, Ore., with burns.

The other three were treated for minor injuries at a hospital in Hermiston, Ore.

Monday morning’s blast at the Williams Northwest Pipeline liquefied natural gas facility in the town of Plymouth, Wash., shook nearby homes and led to the evacuation of about 400 residents.

A deputy says the evacuation could last overnight.

Benton County, Wash., Sheriff Steven Keane says plans call for sending up a helicopter for a better look at the damage to the plant.

Keane says a Washington State Patrol bomb squad robot equipped with video also will be sent in, because of safety concerns.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Latest Stories

  • News

    APD gets rid of citizen DUI task force

    by Joe Vigil on Jul 28, 14:12

    Anchorage police introduced a bold initiative during the summer of 2013 after a rash of drunk driving deaths — citizen patrols. However, as of Wednesday, the program has been eliminated completely. The department organized the use of citizen volunteer patrols to find and report drunk drivers to police, who in turn, arrested them. Former Anchorage Police […]

  • News

    AST looking for man after early morning Wasilla car chase

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 28, 13:14

    Authorities are looking for a Palmer man after he was arrested following a high-speed car chase in Wasilla, according to an Alaska State Troopers dispatch. Early Thursday morning, troopers tried to pull over 33-year-old John Linebaugh for moving violations, according to the dispatch. But, Linebaugh did not stop. Instead he drove at a speed of more […]

  • Politics

    Deadline looms for decision on Alaska sex education bill

    by Becky Bohrer / AP on Jul 28, 12:48

    Thursday marked the deadline for Gov. Bill Walker to decide what to do with legislation containing provisions that critics say would make it more difficult for public school students to receive comprehensive sex education. Walker had three options: he could sign the bill, veto it or let it become law without his signature. The bill, […]

  • News

    Flooding forces temporary closure of Anchorage public assistance office

    by Associated Press on Jul 28, 11:40

    Flood damage has forced the temporary closure of a state public assistance office in Anchorage. The department of health says its public assistance office on Muldoon Road will be closed until Aug. 8. Department spokesman Clay Butcher said the closure could last longer if carpeting needs to be replaced or something else unforeseen happens. He […]

  • Politics

    Alaska Democratic chair: Higher standard for women leaders like Hillary Clinton

    by Becky Bohrer / AP on Jul 28, 11:08

    The chairwoman of the Alaska Democratic party says the party’s presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, and all woman leaders are held to a higher standard than men. Casey Steinau says the perception is that Clinton has to come across as “warm,” but no one is saying Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump isn’t warm enough. Steinau says […]

  • Crime

    Anchorage police investigating Wednesday night homicide

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 28, 9:37

    Police have charged an Anchorage man with two counts of murder following a late night stabbing, according to a Thursday morning release. Around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Anchorage Police Department was called to a “possible homicide” at the 900 block of East 46th Court in Midtown. When officers arrived, they found 33-year-old Kelly Frederick being […]

  • Lifestyle

    394-year-old Shakespeare book on display in Juneau

    by Associated Press on Jul 28, 8:27

    Alaska’s state library has opened a new exhibit featuring a nearly 400-year-old William Shakespeare book containing 36 plays. The Juneau Empire reports visitors to the Alaska State Library, Archives and Museum in Juneau can view Shakespeare’s First Folio through Aug. 24. The visiting copy of the book, printed in 1623, is one of only 234 […]

  • Crime

    Former teller charged with credit union embezzlement

    by Associated Press on Jul 28, 8:08

    A 23-year-old Anchorage resident was arraigned this week on a charge of embezzling from a credit union. Federal prosecutors say Shanice Mano took more than $100,000 from her former employer, Credit Union 1. Mano was a teller at the credit union. Prosecutors say she accessed customer accounts without authority and transferred money to accounts that […]