Inland Barge Catches Fire in Louisiana

More than two dozen oil workers were evacuated early on the morning of June 12th after the inland barge they were aboard caught fire.

It happened around five am just south of Centerville in Horse Shoe Bayou in Saint Mary Parish. Investigators tell say the fire started in the laundry room onboard the barge operated by Coastal Drilling. Twenty-nine workers were aboard when the fire started.

Lt. Jeremy Green of the Saint Mary Parish Sheriffs Dept. said he thinks it is the metal portion of the living quarters that were burning. It started in the laundry room, they tried to put it out but it got out of control and various other things on the barge caught fire.

Lt Green says fortunately everyone was evacuated safely. There were no reports of injuries.

"Everybody was removed from the barge safely, no reports of injuries. We had Acadian Ambulance on standby, but everyone was removed off the barge safely."

It took fire fighters all morning to put out the blaze. A number of agencies including: New Iberia, Morgan City, Charenton, Franklin and Patterson helped to get the fire under control.

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