Fire at offshore gas platform prompts evacuation

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Responders say a fire at an offshore natural gas platform in Alaska's Cook Inlet destroyed the crew's living quarters and forced four workers to evacuate, but no one was injured, and the environmental risk was considered minimal.

The Coast Guard says the fire appeared to be out by early afternoon. The Coast Guard had incorrectly said the fire had flared up again, but Petty Officer Joshua Yates said that information was a miscommunication.

The platform 8 miles offshore is among 12 in the inlet that are operated by Hilcorp Alaska LLC.

No spill has been reported.

Hilcorp spokeswoman Lori Nelson says the blaze broke out at about 7:30 a.m. and was limited to the crew's living quarters, which appear to be a total loss. The fire is not believed to be production-related, although its cause is still unknown.

Nelson says the four workers were safely evacuated by a Hilcorp helicopter crew.

Cook Inlet stretches 180 miles from Anchorage to the Gulf of Alaska.

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