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Bayou Perot fire still burning but smaller

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The fire at Bayou Perot was still burning Wednesday night but not as big as the night before.

The fire followed an accident on the waterway Tuesday night.  A tugboat was pushing barge carrying about 2,200 barrels of oil when it hit a pipeline.

Chevron cut the line.

The Coast Guard is using containment boom as a precaution.

“Right now, even though there’s a fire, release and all are still contained in the immediate area, and that’s the way we want to keep it until it’s over,” one official who is helping to organize the response said.

All four tug boat crew members are accounted for, but the captain suffered serious burns.

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