Gas Leakage Blamed For The 'Eye Of Fire' In Mexican Water: Pemex
On the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, a fire resembling a large "eye of fire" has been brought under control, as per Mexico's state oil company Pemex.
Orange flames like molten lava were pictured on social media and named as "eye of fire" on social media due to the blaze's circular shape, as it erupted only a short distance away from a Pemex oil platform early on Friday.
Pemex in a statement stated that the fire eruption was blamed on a gas leak from an underwater pipeline, occurred at 5:15 a.m. local time off the coast of Campeche.
The blaze, which was close to an oil platform, was extinguished around 10:45 a.m. local time, with no injuries or evacuations of the facility reported.
According to Pemex, an investigation has been initiated into the incident.
Angel Carrizales, head of Mexico's oil safety regulator ASEA, tweeted that the occurrence "did not generate any spill," as per Reuters news agency, but did not elaborate what was burning on the surface.
Pemex, with an extensive record of major industrial accidents at its facilities, stated it would inquire the reason behind the fire and told that it shut the valves of the 12-inch-diameter pipeline, Reuters elaborated.