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Inquiry begins into deadly Wash. refinery blast

Courtesy: The Seattle Times Courtesy: The Seattle Times

SEATTLE, Wash. (AP) - Two badly burned survivors of a refinery blast that killed five people in Washington state remain in critical condition at a Seattle hospital. Meanwhile, investigators are starting what could be a monthslong task of figuring out what went wrong.

Hector Castro, a spokesman for the Washington Department of Labor and Industries, says three inspectors and a compliance manager got permission from structural engineers late Friday night to enter the affected areas of the Tesoro Corp. refinery and begin their investigation. They remained at the scene Saturday.

The blast shook houses and woke people miles away at about 12:30 a.m. Friday. Among those who heard it was Bonita Janz, whose son Lew was burned over 75 percent of his body.

She says it's now just a waiting game to see whether her son survives.

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