Fire at offshore gas platform prompts evacuation

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Responders say a fire at an offshore liquefied natural gas platform in Alaska has been fully contained.

The unified command for the incident said in a statement Thursday the Cook Inlet platform will be monitored throughout the night.

The fire destroyed the crew's living quarters and forced four workers to evacuate.

No one was injured and the environmental risk was considered minimal.

The unified command said the fire wasn't related to gas production and no gas was released into Cook Inlet.

Hilcorp Alaska LLC owns the platform and 11 others among the total of 16 platforms in the inlet.

Company spokeswoman Lori Nelson says a Hilcorp helicopter crew evacuated the four workers from the platform 8 miles offshore.