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Filipino worker killed in offshore fire identified

Filipino worker killed in offshore fire identified

A responding vessel attempting to extinguish the fire.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) A Filipino worker killed in an oil platform fire off Louisiana's coast has been identified by the embassy of the Philippines, which said it is holding out hope that another worker from that country missing since Friday's explosion will be found alive.

Elroy Corporal, 42, died in the fire, the embassy said in a news release. Platform owner Black Elk Energy said it planned to take a search-and-rescue dog aboard the platform to look for the worker.

Embassy officials were expected to attend a Monday afternoon news conference at a Baton Rouge hospital where four other Filipino workers were being treated for serious burns.

Also, the National Chemical Safety Board, a government agency, said it has sent a list of questions to Black Elk about evidence and possible witnesses. And it has requested documents relating to safety plans and permits in force at the time of the accident, including welding plans.

Grand Isle Shipyard, Inc., a company that was performing maintenance services on the platform, said in statements Sunday and Monday that a welding torch was not being used at the time of the fire.

The federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement is also investigating, and a chemical safety board spokeswoman said that agency, which looks into industrial chemical accidents, has not decided whether to launch one as well.

One worker being treated for burns, 50-year-old Wilberto Ilagan, was in fair condition.

Friday morning's fire happened on a shallow-water offshore rig off the coast of Plaquemines Parish. The fire was out within hours and the platform remained structurally sound. It was not producing at the time and the accident did not result in a continuous leak of oil, as happened after the Deepwater Horizon disaster in April 2010.

The dead and injured were among 14 employees and subcontractors working for Grand Isle Shipyard.

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