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Report: 2 dead, 2 missing in Gulf oil rig fire

Published On: Nov 16 2012 10:28:23 AM CST   Updated On: Nov 16 2012 11:27:57 AM CST
Gulf rig fire

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An image of the platform fire in the Gulf of Mexico sent by a KLFY-TV viewer. The photo has not been confirmed by the Coast Guard.

An oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico caught fire after an explosion Friday, leaving two people dead and two missing, KPRC-TV in Houston reported.

According to The Associated Press, four people were sent to the hospital.

All four sent to the West Jefferson Medical Center are in critical condition, Taslin Alfonzo told CNN.

The rig, a production platform owned by Black Elk Energy, is about 25 miles southeast of Grand Isle, La., the AP reports.

The platform is a production platform, unlike the Deepwater Horizon rig, which was drilling an exploratory well in mile-deep water well to the east of Friday's reported explosion, the AP reports.

Black Elk Energy is an independent oil and gas company headquartered in Houston.


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