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Closed Refinery Hurting Gas Prices

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Fuel experts say a fire at the BP refinery in Blaine last week is causing gas prices to skyrocket. Drivers have been warned about rising gas prices, some experts saying fuel could hit $5 a gallon by summer.

The closed refinery is a major supplier of gasoline and jet fuel for many states, from Washington all the way to Florida. Its closure has spiked prices across the board.

According to, prices rose from 7 to 12 cents nationwide on the day of the fire. However, drivers may not ever see $5 a gallon in Washington.

"We don't anticipate that Washingtonians will see 5 dollar gasoline, but there is certainly a significant possibility that they will see well over four dollars maybe in the $4.40 or $4.50," said Senior Petroleum Analyst Gregg Laskoski.

The average price of gasoline in Washington is currently sitting at around $3.68 per gallon. Last week, it was about $3.55 per gallon. Experts say it could increase another 5 to 20 cents by the end of the weekend.