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3/23/05

Fourteen Dead in Explosive Plant Fire

Fourteen people are believed dead and crews continue to search for more bodies in the wake of an explosive fire Wednesday.

The explosion could be felt up to five miles away as the BP Refinery in Texas City caught fire around 1:30pm Wednesday afternoon. Again, fourteen people are believed dead, and another 100 people are being treated at Houston hospitals.

The explosion began where the plant boosts octane levels of gasoline, but the exact cause is under investigation. BP Public Affairs Director Bill Stephens says, "Investigations can take quite a while. They can be extensive and we're going to be very thorough on this one. I can't tell you exactly when we'll finish this investigation but no stone will go unturned."

BP Refinery produces 3% of the nation's gasoline supply and experts say the explosion may have an effect on gas prices.

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