Fire Briefly Flares Up At Offshore Gas Platform

The Coast Guard says a contained fire flared up this morning at an offshore natural gas platform in Alaska’s Cook Inlet, but it was quickly tamped down by responders.

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Civilian spokesman Mike McNeil says no one has yet boarded the structure, called the Baker platform.

The fire broke out yesterday, destroying the crew’s living quarters and forcing four workers to evacuate before the blaze was contained. The platform is owned by Hilcorp Alaska LLC.

Hilcorp spokeswoman Lori Nelson says the fire remained contained later Friday.

There were no reports of injuries or a spill.

Aerial assessments took place today at the scene. Responders will board once it’s deemed safe.

Nelson says the cause of the fire is under investigation, but isn’t believed to be production-related.