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UPDATE: Mariner says platform fire put out quickly

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Posted: Sep 9, 2010 1:28 PM
Updated: Sep 9, 2010 5:50 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: platform, oil, fire, mariner, gulf, mexico, wbrz

A small fire was reported Thursday on a petroleum production platform owned by Mariner Energy Inc., but the company said it was quickly put out with a water hose and a hand-held fire extinguisher.

It was the second fire in a week aboard a Mariner platform in the Gulf of Mexico.

Patrick Cassidy, spokesman for Houston-based Mariner, said Thursday's fire occurred while a maintenance crew was using a sawing device. He said the crew extinguished the fire and returned to work. There were no injuries, he said.

Cassidy said the platform, 109 miles south of Lafayette, has been out of production since about 2006.

The Coast Guard received a call about the fire around 8:55 a.m., but then received another call soon after saying the blaze was extinguished, said Petty Officer Steve Lehman. As a result, the Coast Guard did not send cutters or helicopters to respond, he said.

On Sept. 2, a fire raged on another Mariner platform off the central Louisiana coast. No one was injured, but the platform was put out of production. The cause remains under investigation, Cassidy said.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement described Thursday's blaze as a flash fire that occurred while the crew was taking out a pipeline tied to wells that had been plugged permanently. No pollution was reported, the agency said.

The platform is in 223 feet of water, the agency said.

The agency said it would further investigate the fire.

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