Gas well in Gulf of Mexico on fire - KCTV5

Gas well in Gulf of Mexico on fire

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The rig had been evacuated earlier in the day after it experienced a blowout. (Source: Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement) The rig had been evacuated earlier in the day after it experienced a blowout. (Source: Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement)

(RNN) - A rig in the Gulf of Mexico caught fire Tuesday night, according to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.

The bureau reported that the natural gas leaking from the well ignited at 10:50 p.m. Tuesday.

No one was on board at the time of the incident. The rig had been evacuated earlier in the day after it experienced a blowout.

The Hercules 265 Rig is located about 55 miles off the Louisiana coast.

Walter Oil and Gas Corporation lost control of Well A-3 at about 8:53 a.m. Tuesday. All 44 people on board at the time of the incident were evacuated, and no injuries were reported.

"BSEE inspectors conducting an overflight reported a light sheen one-half mile by 50 feet in area which is dissipating almost immediately," BSEE said in a statement to WWL-TV Tuesday.

A firefighting vessel was expected at the location Tuesday evening with both water and foam firefighting abilities, the bureau stated.

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