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Fire shuts down oil capturing system

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - BP says a fire believed caused by lightning has shut down a system capturing oil from a gushing well in the Gulf of Mexico.

BP PLC said the fire was spotted around 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday on a drill ship called the Discoverer Enterprise. The fire was quickly extinguished.

BP says were no injuries, and all procedures were followed and, as a precaution, a system siphoning oil from a containment cap above the well was shut-down. BP says the capture operation is expected to resume later Tuesday.

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