Fire On Oil Rig In Gulf Of Mexico Leaves 11 Injured
Update at 1:26 p.m. ET. No Confirmed Deaths:
The U.S. Coast Guard tells WWLTV that 11 people have been sent to hospital but no deaths have been confirmed in a oil rig fire off the coast of Louisiana.
WWLTV, KHOU and Reuters were reporting two deaths earlier.
Our Original Post Continues:
A fire on an oil rig off the coast of Louisiana has killed two people, Louisiana's WWLTV is reporting.
Houston's KHOU reports that a spokesman for Black Elk Energy, who owns the platform, said four workers were airlifted to a hospital and two others are missing.
"The U.S. Coast Guard in New Orleans confirmed the fire early Friday morning.
"Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts says the platform in question is a shallow water platform located in West Delta Block 32 in the Gulf of Mexico.
"The Coast Guard activated a 'command center' to investigate the incident."
Update at 12:27 p.m. ET. Fire Extinguished:
The AP just moved this bulletin:
"Coast Guard: Fire extinguished at Gulf of Mexico oil rig where 4 hurt, 2 may be missing."