MILAM COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) - A specialized crew out of Houston is in Milam County trying to put out an oil rig blowout blaze that is expected to burn for days.
Milam County Sheriff Chief Deputy Chris White said it will take anywhere from four- to seven days to put out the fire that was at one point so big that residents could see it from Cameron.
Milam County and Burleson County fire departments responded to the fire when it broke out Sunday at 1:50 a.m. on an oil-drilling platform in Southeastern Milam County. The fire has been contained.
Milano, Rockdale, Black Jack and Caldwell volunteer fire departments responded to Milam County Road 328 about two miles south of U.S. Highway 36 and began to assess and contain the fire.
"The crews at the scene appear to have the fire under control, and it does not appear to pose any threat to surrounding properties," said Sheriff David Greene. "We want to keep traffic on County Road 328 limited to residents only, in order to allow the necessary firefighting equipment to be brought in without delay."
Greene said crews have done an outstanding job at keeping the fire from spreading and keeping it contained to just the area immediately around the platform.
"I also want to give a special word of thanks and gratitude to our volunteer firefighters who quickly contained the fire and kept it from spreading to other properties," said Greene.
Oklahoma City-based Slawson Exploration Inc. set up the drilling platform around Oct. 14, which had 11 employees at the site to drill for oil. Officials said all of them escaped the fire without injury.
Officials called in Houston-based Boots and Coots -- specially trained in fighting oil-rig fires -- to battle the blaze. Crews started arriving at the scene near daybreak Sunday.
Damages to the site are expected to be worth several million dollars.
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