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    More than 300 workers were evacuated from the oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, as it took firefighters almost 17 hours to put out the blaze.

    MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) — The Mexican Pemex petroleum company has denied reports that the Abkatun Permanente platform has collapsed after four people were killed and dozens more injured in a fire on the oil rig on Wednesday.

    "We reiterate that the photo showing the alleged collapse of the Abkatun platform, which was published in various media, is false," the company reported via Twitter on Thursday.

    More than 300 workers were evacuated from the oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, as it took firefighters almost 17 hours to put out the blaze.

    The Mexican state-run company has since said that they had avoided any oil spills.

    The Gulf of Mexico is still recovering from the Deepwater Horizon disaster after millions of gallons of oil spilled into the water following an explosion at a British Petroleum-owned offshore platform in April 2010.

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