Fire on Gulf oil platform; 28 workers evacuated
NEW ORLEANS - Fire on an oil platform off Louisiana's coast has forced the evacuation of 28 workers.
The Coast Guard says the workers were evacuated by an offshore supply vessel that reported the fire at 2:50 a.m. Friday.
No injuries were reported.
Texas Petroleum Investment Company, the owner and operator of the platform, estimated no more than 120 barrels of crude oil - about 5,040 gallons - were stored on the platform. Coast Guard officials had earlier worried that storage tanks on the platform were filled to their capacity of 168,000 gallons.
Production on the platform was shut down. The Coast Guard says a light sheen of oil could be seen along a more than one-mile stretch of water.
Petty Officer Ryan Tippets says a firefighting vessel was on scene and another was en route.
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