Fire on coastal Louisiana oil platform extinguished

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Posted: May 23, 2015 12:13 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Coast Guard says a fire on an oil production platform off Louisiana's coast is out.

Petty Officer Carlos Vega said the fire in Breton Sound was extinguished around 6 a.m. Saturday.

The fire had been reported at 2:50 a.m. Friday by an offshore supply vessel that evacuated 28 workers.

No injuries were reported.

The Coast Guard reported that a light sheen of oil near the site appeared to be dissipating and moving away from the Breton National Wildlife Refuge on nearby barrier islands.

Vega said there have been no reports of oil reaching shore or harming wildlife. Crews with containment boom and skimmers remain on the scene while cleanup and repair work is underway. Authorities estimate that storage tanks on the platform contain roughly 5,000 gallons of oil.