A tank explosion occurred Tuesday morning on a rig site located approximately 12 miles south west of Stanley.

According to a press release from the Mountrail County Sheriff’s office, the dispatch center received a 9-1-1 call at 1:40 a.m. saying that an individual was trapped under debris from the explosion. The Stanley Fire Department, and officers from Mountrail County Sheriff’s Department arrived to the scene of the explosion.

The release states that officers made contact with Jeffrey Todd Kinkaid, 29, from Nephi Utah who had been badly burned from the explosion and was being tended to by the rig manager.

According to the press release, officers administered first aid to the victim until the Stanley ambulance arrived on scene. Kinkaid was transported via North Star Life Flight to Trinity hospital in Minot, and then transferred to the burn center in Minnesota where he was placed in intensive care with approximately 90 percent of his body suffering from burns.

The press release states that after further investigation, deputies found that it appeared that Kinkaid had not been trapped under debris, but had apparently fallen from the top of the burning tank and had become wedged underneath it.

According to the release, the cause of the explosion and fire is still unknown and the Mountrail County Sheriff’s Department as well as the oil company Kinkaid was employed by are continuing the investigation into the oil field accident. Calls to Mountrail County Sheriff Ken Halvorson were not returned by press time.

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