Gas Workers Remains Found in Southeast Oklahoma Blast

Five People Missing in OK Gas Well Explosion

Five People Missing in OK Gas Well Explosion

"The medical examiner's office has been contacted by myself", Morris said. It's unclear what company the other two men worked for.

They said 17 of the 22 workers on the rig were accounted for shortly after the mid-morning blast, which sent flames shooting 50 feet into the air.

The names of the missing Oklahoma oil rig workers were released Tuesday (Jan. 23).

"The investigation is ongoing, and there will undoubtedly be more added to the report", Skinner said.

Morris identified the employees as: Josh Ray of Fort Worth, Texas; Matt Smith of McAlester, Okla.; Cody Risk of Wellington, Colo.; Parker Waldridge of Crescent, Okla.; and Roger Cunningham of Seminole, Okla.

"They heard a loud boom, they saw fire and they ran", said Morris. "No law enforcement officer likes to do that".

"Not knowing where the five men missing are is just devastating and I feel so bad for their families", witness Brittany Scheutz shared.

Representatives of well operator Red Mountain Energy and rig owner Patterson UTI bot said their focus now was supporting the families of the workers, who, the sheriff said, are struggling with their loss.

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"We never want to look at something like this and not dive deep into it", Mullin said.

"We don't want this to happen again for us or anybody in this industry", Hendricks said.

Pittsburg County Sheriff Chris Morris says five employees remain missing after the explosion Monday morning on the natural gas rig near Quinton, about 100 miles (161 kilometers) southeast of Tulsa.

Aerial footage from midday Monday showed several fires still burning at the site and the derrick, a towering metal structure above the well, collapsed onto the ground.

The fire was extinguished late Monday. The producer had no personnel on site at the time of the incident, said Kevin Say, who co-founded the company in 2013, and joined officials at the press conference on Tuesday. One person was airlifted to a hospital for treatment.

Federal agencies including the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration and U.S. Chemical Safety Board, and the Oklahoma Corporation Commission have begun investigations.

The cause for the explosion is unclear at this time, authorities said.

The oil rig burned so hot that more than 24 hours later crews were still being held on the sidelines.

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