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Published July 27, 2011, 01:41 PM

Company identifies men hurt in ND oil well fire

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A drilling company has identified three employees who were injured in an oil well explosion near Beach in western North Dakota.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A drilling company has identified three employees who were injured in an oil well explosion near Beach in western North Dakota.

Gillette, Wyo.-based Cyclone Drilling Inc. identified the victims of Sunday's blaze as Tim Bergee of Jamestown; Jeff Morton of Watford City; and Andrew Rohr of Marmarth. The company says the men are recovering at a Minneapolis burn center. Their conditions were not released.

State officials say the fire started Sunday morning when natural gas ignited during drilling operations. The blaze is expected to burn for about a week before it's under control.

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