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Two Workers Injured in Platform Fire off Louisiana Coast

Posted: 03-07-11Category:

The Houston Chronicle reports that two men were taken to a hospital yesterday after an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico caught fire Sunday morning, officials said. The fire apparently broke out on the GI 102A oil production rig owned by Arena that is about 50 miles off Grand Isle at about 8 a.m. Sunday, according to the Coast Guard. Coast Guard officials said the men were taken to West Jefferson Medical Center in Marrero, La. Their names, injuries and conditions were not released. A Coast Guard helicopter crew had hoisted the men from the deck of a ship, the HDS Stormridge, after they were plucked from the water as they floated in a life capsule they had clamored aboard to the escape the platform fire, officials said. Coast Guard officials said Arena reported the platform had been shut in two weeks ago and was not producing product at the time of the blaze. The fire was out by at least 1:30 p.m.Officials are trying to determine what caused the blaze.

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