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Photos: Baker platform fire in Cook Inlet

A fire on a Cook Inlet gas platform near Nikiski Thursday morning triggered the evacuation of four workers but caused no injuries and no reports of pollution, authorities say.

An alarm sounded on the platform, which is owned by Hilcorp, at 7:15 a.m. Thursday, according to company spokeswoman Lori Nelson. The fire reportedly started in the quarters area where workers sleep, though an investigation continues.

A Nikiski-based Hilcorp helicopter evacuated the four employees just before 8 a.m., Nelson said. The employees didn't try to fight the fire.

Hilcorp remotely shut down production at the platform's one active natural gas well when the fire was reported, she said. "It's no longer producing gas."

The fire was reported to the U.S. Coast Guard around 8:30 a.m., according to spokesman Shawn Eggert.

The platform held 10,000 gallons of diesel but none was said to be in the water, Eggert said.

Cook Inlet Spill Prevention and Response Inc., which provides response on behalf of member companies including Hilcorp, was at the platform with two vessels "to provide firefighting capabilities" and there were no reports of pollution, according to a mid-morning update from the Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council. The Nikiski Fire Department was on standby.

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