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NATION : Gulf Oil Platform Ablaze; 7 Missing

<i> From Times staff and wire service reports </i>

An offshore oil-drilling platform burned today after explosions on it and an adjacent rig injured at least 10 crewmen and left seven missing, the Coast Guard said.

One rig was still ablaze this morning, said Coast Guard Chief Mike Robling. Fires on the other rig, connected to the burning one by a catwalk, were extinguished a few hours after they started Sunday evening, he said. Five of the missing men work for Atlantic Richfield Co., which operated the rigs, and two are contractors, said ARCO spokesman Earl Sims in Dallas.


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