Oil fire fighters have battled for twenty-five days against a blazing oil rig 60 miles south of New Orleans in the Gulf of Mexico.
Oil fire fighters have battled for twenty-five days against a blazing oil rig 60 miles south of New Orleans in the Gulf of Mexico. The stubborn inferno has claimed seven victims since it exploded. Now, fortunately, only two of the seven submarine oil pockets are still feeding the blaze.
Dousing oil fires is an expert job and specialists from all over the States are working on the rig under the direction of ace oil fireman, Paul Adair. From fire boats hoses are focused on the blazing rig to keep it cool enough for the crews to carry out their work.
Foul weather has prevented helicopters, especially, from reaching the installation which is owned by the Continental Oil Company.
The cause of the fire is unknown, it could have been a carelessly tossed match or a welder's torch. But whatever ignited the oil, it looks as though it'll burn for sometime yet.