Families Unite With Loved Ones After Explosion At Delek Refinery
POSTED: Thursday, November 20, 2008 - 10:46pm
UPDATED: Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 12:39am
TYLER - As you can only imagine, dozens of friends and families swarmed the Delek Refinery, to check on their loved ones after hearing about the explosion.
As emergency workers assess the scene inside, Brittnie Norman waited for her husband Andrew outside.
Brittnie says, "His cousin works across the street and he called and told me everything's okay, I was just gonna tell you— there's an explosion."
As you can only imagine, the word explosion sent chills down Brittnie's spine.
That's until she found out he was okay.
Brittnie says, "I was scared to death. Reporter: But your husband is coming out soon? Brittnie: There he is.. oh.. hi... (laughs)"
A happy reunion, all caught on tape.
Andrew tells us he was working in a boiler unit, a mere 50 yards away from the explosion at the SAT Gas Plant.
Andrew says, "I was on the top. The second deck. I was welding, and I heard something."
Andrew says, "All I know is I turned around to run and saw a wall of flames coming towards me and I just ran."
Andrew says, the blast almost blew him over.
In fact, he tells us, there wasn't just one blast— there were 3.
Andrew says, "What I heard, there was a gas line. Fumes scattered to heater, hit the heater. It just blew, scattered."
Explosions strong enough to hurt his fellow employees of Delek.
Andrew says, "I just want to keep all of them in my prayers."