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Oil Rig Catches Fire In Alabama, Reportedly Hazardous Materials On Board


Emergency crews responded to a massive blaze that started at a multi-story oil rig in Mobile, Alabama Wednesday afternoon.

The fire reportedly started while workers were removing a decommissioned rig near the Mobile River.

The structure contained a “substantial quantity” of diesel, hydraulic fluid, and oil, with several “potential hazards” on board.

Mobile Fire-Rescue posted to Facebook:

#MFRD units are on scene of a 2-alarm structure fire at 400 Dunlap Drive. Multiple companies arrived on scene to discover an multi-story, oil rig-like structure with heavy smoke and flames present.

The rig contains diesel, hydraulic fluid, and oil with other potential hazards on board. Crews are working in tandem to mitigate the incident as quickly as possible. This is a developing scene.

WKRG 5 reported:

Mobile Fire-Rescue confirmed no one was injured. The fire was started on a decommissioned oil rig.

MFRD said “they are concerned about the environmental effects” and Mobile County EMA has been notified. They also requested the Alabama Department of Environmental Management.

The Coast Guard is on scene assessing the situation.

There are still some flames visible inside some compartments on the top of the structure.

MFRD said there is “no risk to anyone in the area” but remain concerned about the “potential hazards” to the environment.

“Crews were scrapping and old semi-submersible platform and a cut sparked a fire due to old fuel and oil on the platform,” the outlet added.



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