Fatal explosion at oil company near Ross investigated | State and regional


An explosion at an oil company near Ross last weekend left one dead and another injured.

The incident happened last Saturday night at JM Oilfield Services when a tanker truck exploded, according to a statement from the Mountrail County Sheriff’s Office.

An employee, Jesse Holmquist, died after the explosion sent him through the facility’s garage door into the parking lot, according to the sheriff’s office. Another employee, Oscar Valdez, was injured and called on his colleagues for help. The two were changing the tires on the tanker when the explosion occurred.

First responders began treating Valdez, a 52-year-old Ross resident, at the scene and transported him to hospital, the statement said.

The Stanley Fire Department has contacted the state fire marshal’s office for assistance, and the matter is still under investigation.

Attempts by the Tribune to reach JM Oilfield Services by telephone on Thursday morning were unsuccessful. The company’s registered agent did not immediately respond to a Facebook message on Thursday.

Holmquist, 33, resided in Sidney, MT, the statement said. He was also from Long Prairie, Minnesota, according to his obituary. Holmquist was a father and had served in the United States Marine Corps, according to his obituary. He worked in the oil fields of North Dakota and Montana and also drove a commercial truck throughout much of the country.

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