4 dead, 16 hurt in oil platform fire in Gulf of Mexico

04/01/2015 USA Today 

AFP/Getty ImagesAt least four people were killed and 16 workers injured when a fire erupted early Wednesday on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico belonging to Mexico’s state petroleum giant Pemex, the company said in a statement. The company said one of those who died when the fire broke out at dawn at the Abkatun Permanente platform was a contractor for the Mexican oil services company Cotemar. Pemex said on Twitter that it was using eight firefighting boats to battle the blaze. Two of the injured were in serious condition and 300 workers were evacuated from the Abkatun platform, located in the Campeche Sound, near the coast of the states of Campeche and Tabasco.

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