Two men were critically injured in an explosion at the DCP Straight Compressor station near Guymon, Oklahoma.
According to the Guymon Fire Department, at about 3:20 p.m. Thursday, crews responded to the report of an explosion at the DCP Straight Compressor station, located at mile 32N and County Rd. 7. The station is located about 13 miles northeast of Guymon.
Crews quickly located a worker on site who could give firefighters account of the incident. According to that worker, four DCP workers were at the site when the building that housed drying operations suddenly exploded. Two of the workers were in the building at the time of the explosion and escaped out an exit.
Another worker outside the building extinguished both men, who were still on fire as they got out of the building, according to fire officials. Both burn victims were placed in a company vehicle and transported to Memorial Hospital of Texas County before Fire and EMS arrived on scene.
Both victims were later transferred in critical condition to the Burn Unit in Lubbock, Texas.
“Cause of the explosion and fire is unknown at the time and being investigated by DCP Officials”, said Assistant Chief Wadley.
Firefighters allowed the fire to burn itself out. DCP officials were able to isolate the building and its contents from the rest of the plant site.
The Straight Elementary School was quickly evacuated for precautionary measures at the time of the explosion. No children or school officials were injured.
Emergency Services Departments that responded included the Guymon Fire Department with EMS, Hooker Fire Department, Hooker EMS, Texas County Sheriff Office, OHP, Texas County District #1 and #2, and Texas County Emergency Management. Units remained on scene for over an hour as DCP continued to isolate and investigate this incident.
Authorities have not identified the two burn victims at this time.