Gillette Man Dies in Oil and Gas Explosion

Written by on November 2, 2018

A Gillette man died in an explosion at a Tisdale Creek Ranch oil processing site Wednesday afternoon.
Beau Damori, 36, was found dead about four hours after the explosion once firefighters had secured the area enough for his body to be recovered, said Chief Deputy Coroner Steve Rozier.
Justin Doyle, 27, and Zachary Ness, 31, reported they heard and felt the explosion at about 2 p.m. and ran from the building where they were working, Matheny said. They saw flames around a propane tank and decided they didn’t have enough time to get into their pickup and drive from the scene. The fire was so hot that when the pickup was discovered later, its windshield and windows had melted.
Neither Doyle nor Ness was hurt in the explosion.
The explosion caused a fire that engulfed 10 large oil tanks, two passenger vehicles, two semi-trucks, three buildings, two full 1,700-gallon propane tanks and set off a 2-acre grass and brush fire surrounding the oil processing site, according to a Campbell County Fire Department press release.

PHOTO CREDIT: GILLETTE NEWS RECORD


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