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Arena Offshore Workers Rescued After Fire in Gulf of Mexico

March 6 (Bloomberg) -- Two Arena Offshore LP workers were rescued after a fire on an oil production platform in the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

The blaze on Grand Isle 102A is out and an investigation into the cause is being conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement.

The workers were doing routine maintenance when the fire started, said Tim O’Leary, an independent spokesman for The Woodlands, Texas-based Arena. The site is about 50 miles (80 kilometers) off the coast of Grand Isle, Louisiana.

O’Leary did not have additional information about the status of the platform or production.

A nearby ship picked up the two workers after they escaped in an enclosed life boat. A Coast Guard helicopter took them to a hospital, Coast Guard Petty Officer Steve Lehmann said.

The platform was shut two weeks ago and was not producing at the time of the blaze, the Coast Guard said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mike Lee in Dallas at Mlee326@blooomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Theo Mullen at tmullen11@bloomberg.net

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