Explosion kills 2 teens

South Routt teenagers were jumping on oil tank


— Two South Routt teenagers are dead after an oil storage tank they were jumping on in the Routt National Forest exploded, the Rio Blanco County Sheriff's Office reported.

The incident occurred late Saturday night at a well site off Rio Blanco County Road 8 near Chapman Reservoir. Killed were 17-year-old Samuel Hedemark of Phippsburg and 19-year-old Christopher King Fuller of Yampa.

Rio Blanco County Undersheriff Michael Joos said the teens were among more than a dozen who were partying at the site some 68 miles northeast of Meeker. Joos said witness statements indicated the teens were jumping up and down on the tank when it exploded. Their bodies were found about 150 yards from the tank.

A dog also was killed in the incident, but no one else was hurt.

One of the teens at the party called 911. Oak Creek Fire and Rescue and the Routt County Sheriff's Department were the first to respond. The Rio Blanco County Sheriff's Office is the investigating agency.

Joos said the storage tank contained an unknown amount of oil.

Joos said it appears that more than a dozen teens were at the party but only six or seven remained when officials arrived.

Joos said the county's lead investigator worked on the case through late Sunday night and that he expects more information on the incident later today.

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