Funeral service for refinery explosion victim

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by KING5.com

KING5.com

Posted on April 7, 2010 at 9:12 AM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 7 at 9:14 AM

OAK HARBOR, Wash. - A funeral service will be held today for one of the victims in last Friday's explosion and fire at the Tesoro refinery in Anacortes.

Services for Donna VanDreumel, a 36-year-old mother of two and a nine-year employee of Tesoro, will be held at an Oak Harbor funeral chapel. The service will be private and limited to family and close friends by invitation only.

Along with VanDreumel, 31-year-old Matthew C. Bowen of Arlington; 43-year-old Darrin J. Hoines of Ferndale, 50-year-old Daniel J. Aldridge of Anacortes and 29-year-old Kathryn Powell died in the explosion or from their severe injuries. Two other employees, Matt Gumbel, 34, and Lew Janz, 41, remain hospitalized with major burns over the majority of their bodies.

The fire and explosion struck the Tesoro Corp. refinery at about 12:30 a.m. Friday. The blaze occurred while maintenance work was being performed in a naphtha unit of the complex. Naphtha is a volatile, flammable liquid derived during the refining process. The company says the unit had undergone maintenance and was in the process of returning to operation.

A federal investigator says the crew members who were killed were engulfed in a "firewall." U.S. Chemical Safety Board Investigations Supervisor Robert Hall says the Tesoro Corp. crew had "little chance" after the fire broke out.

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