ANACORTES, Wash. - Dyna Fry heard the explosion as she prepared for her family s Easter dinner last night. It didn t take long for her to realize what had happened.
I thought, 'oh, those poor people waiting to see who survived and who died.' It s just an awful thing, she said.
Dyna s husband of 24 years was one ofsix men who died in the Thanksgiving Equilon Refinery explosion 11-1/2 years ago.Woody Fry left behind his wife andseven children.
Woody's son Dan remembers the saying the guys at the refinery had about its inherent dangers.
It ain t if, it s when said the youngest of the Fry children. Dad would say that something will happen whether it s him or somebody else.
Just over the hill from the family home is the cemetery where Woody Fry rests in the shadow of the refinery where he died.
There s notone day, or even 12 hours that go by that I don t think about him, said Dan Fry as he polishes his father's tombstone.
Fry says his hometown has a love-hate relationship with the refineries. They put food on family tables, but it can come at a terrible cost.
My father took care of us through that refinery but at the same time the consequences can be massive, he said.
It s all part of life as an Anacortes refinery family bonds forged in oil and blood.
God bless those families tonight, said Dyna, hugging her son. It s gonna be a long haul for them, and it's terrible.