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Oil Battery Incident Update

Tank Battery Incident Update

On May 25, 2017, at approximately 3:15 pm, the Weld County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the area near HWY 66 and WCR 13 in Mead Co to a report of an oil tank battery that was on fire.

When law enforcement personnel arrived on scene they found that an Anadarko oil tank battery was fully engulfed in flame. 

An investigation of this incident revealed that this was an industrial accident that happened while maintenance was being performed on the battery.

3 individuals working on the battery were transported for further medical attention.  Two were taken to North Colorado Medical Center for burn treatment, and one was taken to Medical Center of the Rockies.

The Weld County Sheriff’s Office, Mountain View Fire, and Anadarko worked together to ensure that all of the individuals working on the site were accounted for.  Another individual working on the battery has been discovered, and was declared deceased at the scene.

The identity of the deceased will not be released at this time; it will be released by the Weld County Coroner’s Office at the conclusion of their investigative and administrative process.

Questions regarding the cause of the incident should be referred to the Anadarko Petroleum Corporation.

Anyone with information regarding this incident or any other crime is asked to call the Weld County Sheriff’s Office at 970-356-4015 or Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776. Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at www.crimeshurt.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000 from Crime Stoppers.