Victim of Natural Gas Explosion Released from Burn Unit

An employee injured in the natural gas explosion at the Williams Northwest Pipline Plant Monday morning is relased from a burn unit Portland today.

61-year-old Michael Yunker was taken to the burn unit following the explosion after suffering burns to his body.     

Company personnel are currently at the plant assessing damages and investigating what caused the explosion that sent shrapenal flying through the air, puncturing one of the two natural gas storage tanks.

The tank was leaking natural gas up until yesterday afternoon.

A company spokesperson wants to assure the public that if they see any venting of gas that it is not harmful and any leaking has not contaminated the soil.

A total of five employees were injured.

There is no word yet on when everyone who works at the plant will be able to return to work.