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Report: Offshore platform catches fire

GULF OF MEXICO (WAFB) -

According to WWL in New Orleans, the U.S. Coast Guard in New Orleans confirms there is an offshore platform burning in the Gulf of Mexico.

The station reported a spokesman said the Coast Guard just activated a "command center" to investigate the incident.

There is not much information available yet as to the location or size of the rig.

A witness reportedly told WLOX in Biloxi, MS he saw a huge fireball east of Grand Isle around 8:45 a.m. He then heard a mayday call that West Delta 130 Echo is on fire.

The Coast Guard is expected to release additional details later this morning.

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