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Oil platform fire extinguished after Tuesday explosion

7 months 1 week 14 hours ago March 16, 2016 Mar 16, 2016 Wednesday, March 16 2016 March 16, 2016 5:45 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Kevin Dupuy

BATON ROUGE – The Coast Guard and local authorities are still investigating a fire at an oil platform near Bayou Sorrel Wednesday.

According to a statement Wednesday, crews extinguished the fire around 1 p.m. Wednesday and will remain at the scene to monitor the platform.

Shortly before 9 a.m., a storage tank exploded on the platform in Berry Lake west of Bayou Richard as the platform was being dismantled. Two large storage tanks with an estimated 33,000 gallons of crude oil caught fire.

First responders made the decision Tuesday afternoon to allow the fire to burn itself out.

The Coast Guard reports that there has been a minimum amount of pollution caused by the fire.

The cause of the fire still remains under investigation.

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