Evacuees recount day of Husky Energy fire

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SUPERIOR, WI — Thousands of people evacuated the City of Superior on April 26, 2018, and one year later, we caught up with three of those people, and how they remembered being forced from their homes on that fateful day.

Karen Barschdorf says panic set in that morning as she was walking her dog.

“I saw this huge black cloud. I knew it wasn’t a good thing. I turned the car around and got out of there quick,” she said. Barschdorf says she left town with her husband and dog, and went to Lake Nebagamon.

“You knew things could happen. I have always kept my eye on smoke coming out of there,” Barschdorf said.

Just a little down the street, Tim Stroozas thought, despite the smoke, he wouldn’t have to go anywhere.

“When you have something like this in the middle of town, it’s a possibility something bad could happen. And that particular day, it did,” Stroozas said.

It turns out, Stroozas did end up having to leave after officials came and knocked on his door.

A Superior couple had big plans that day. They were going to celebrate their 27th wedding anniversary.

“Right before 10 a.m., our windows rattled. My wife looked out the window and saw the black smoke and knew right away something happened,” Merl Kitto said.

Kitto says the couple left for a friend’s house, who lived on Superior’s North end, and watched the news from there.

Barschdorf says she’s thankful, knowing the situation could have been worse.

“All of Superior could be wiped out, the massive fire, oil, and what have you.”

All three people we spoke with agree the city did a good job with evacuating the community in a safe manner.

CBS 3 Duluth Staff

CBS 3 Duluth Staff

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