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2 dead, 2 missing in Gulf oil rig explosion

8:33 AM, Nov 16, 2012   |    comments
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The U.S. Coast Guard in New Orleans confirms that a fire has erupted in a Gulf oil rig off the Louisiana coast, KHOU-TV reported.

The Houston TV station said an early report indicated that two people are dead and two are missing in fire.

Four people were sent to the hospital, according to a company spokesman, KHOU reported.

There were no initial reports of oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico from the fire.

A company spokesman said four people had been sent to the hospital, the TV station reported.

A spokesman says the Coast Guard had activated a "command center" to investigate the incident.

WWL-TV reported that the offshore platform is located in the West Delta Block 32 off the coast, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts said the rig is a shallow water platform located near West Cote Blanche Bay, south of New Iberia on the south-central Louisiana coast.

The rig belongs to Black Elk Energy out of Houston and it produces both oil and natural gas, WWL-TV reported.

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