Grand Isle Oil Platform Fire Extinguished - KALB-TV News Channel 5 & CBS 2

Grand Isle Oil Platform Fire Extinguished

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GRAND ISLE, La. - The Coast Guard said Friday afternoon there were no confirmed deaths, two people missing, and 11 Medevaced due to a platform fire. Four of those people were airlifted to West Jefferson Medical Center with severe burns.

The oil gas platform fire the Coast Guard reported early Friday morning about 20 miles southeast of Grand Isle has been extinguished.

The Coast Guard says the platform is owned by Black Elk Energy. Four men were taken off the platform and the search continues for two others who may have fallen overboard.

According to NBC News, a total of 28 were on board the Black Elk Energy platform in the Gulf of Mexico. Officials could not confirm whether there is or isn't an oil leak. The Coast Guard is headed to the scene now.

Coast Guard spokesperson Capt. Peter Gauthier gives new information Friday morning to WWL-TV New Orleans. 

He states, "This platform was not an oil-producing platform. There were 28 crew members on the platform, 20 miles south of Grand Isle. There is a small oil sheen seen in the water, but we're not facing a major oil spill response."

This is a developing story. Watch News Channel 5/CBS 2 for the latest information.

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