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Heavy fire erupts in Gulf of Mexico due to gas leak

Mexico City – A heavy underwater fire has erupted near an oil platform of the Mexican Pemex company in the Gulf of Mexico, Sputnik quoted local media.

The blaze started at about 4 am local time (09:00 GMT), 400 metres (over 1,300 feet) of the Ku-Charly oil platform, not far from the shore of the Mexican state of Campeche, the Televisa broadcaster reported on Friday.

The fire was caused by a gas leak from a pipeline at a depth of 78 metres.

No employees of the oil platform were injured, there was also no evacuation from the facility.

Later, Pemex said that by 10.45 am local time, the fire had been extinguished as a result of a five-hour operation that involved three firefighting vessels.

The company also noted that the blaze had erupted at 5.15 am, not 4 am, as it was previously reported.

Pemex added that it had launched an investigation into the incident.

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