At approximately 12:30 a.m. Pacific time today, a fire occurred at the Tesoro Anacortes refinery. The incident was on a small section of the refinery following minor, routine maintenance. The fire was contained at around 2 a.m., has been extinguished and the unit has been shut down and isolated. Other major parts of the refinery remain in operation, but at reduced rates.

It is with a sense of the most profound sadness that Tesoro must report the loss of four of our friends and co-workers as a result of this tragedy. Our losses were:

Daniel Aldridge

Matt Bowen

Darrin Hoines

Kathryn Powell

To the families of Daniel, Matt, Darrin, and Katy our hearts share your loss and our prayers are with you at this time of grief. We also continue to monitor the progress of 3 other co-workers who were injured and are being treated at the Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. We are providing grief counseling and support to all our co-workers and their families.

We have not yet been able to enter the area to begin an investigation, but are expected to do so by the end of the day. As more details become available about the incident we will share them. Several government agencies have been contacted, including OSHA and the Chemical Safety Board and we will fully cooperate with their investigations.

We intend to have another media conference scheduled for 6 p.m. PT. In the meantime, media who cannot attend the news conference should contact Lynn Westfall at 210-626-4697. Future Tesoro Corporation (NYSE:TSO) media releases will be posted online at

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