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Fire out at oil platform, U.S. Coast Guard says

Coast Guard responded to blaze about 80 miles off the coast of Louisiana early Thursday morning.

By Daniel J. Graeber
U.S. Coast Guard responding to fire at oil platform off the coast of New Orleans. Image: Vessel Finder
A fire reported early Thursday at an oil production platform is out with no indications so far of pollution in the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. Coast Guard said.
An oil spill response crew was deployed to a site about 80 miles off the coast of Louisiana following a report of a fire on a platform. The New Orleans sector of the U.S. Coast Guard said the fire was reported at around 2:30 a.m. local time and confirmed to the public by 5:30 a.m.
A spokesman for the Coast Guard confirmed to UPI by 9:30 a.m. the fire was reported to be out with "no reported pollution at this time."
The New Orleans sector of the U.S. Coast Guard said it was notified four people at the platform who evacuated into the water were recovered by a nearby supply vessel with no reported injuries.
Those on board the supply vessel Mary Wyatt Milano, and crews from three others, were near the site and responded with fire-suppression methods. Clean Gulf, an oil-spill response company, was deployed to the site early Thursday.
There was no information yet as to which energy company was associated with the platform.
Online vessel-tracking data show the oil tanker Eva Schulte is near the site of the incident.
The Coast Guard said the incident is under investigation and response is ongoing.

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