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Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 6:27 pm | Updated: 9:34 pm, Thu Nov 14, 2013.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Coast Guard says a fire raging in a coastal Louisiana bayou where a tugboat struck a gas pipeline appears to have diminished some but is far from out.

However, smoke from the blaze was still visible Wednesday evening in New Orleans, 30 miles to the north. And officials say they don't expect the fire sparked by Tuesday night's crash to be out until Thursday or later.

It started when a tug pushing an oil barge struck a liquefied natural gas pipeline in shallow water. Four people were injured, one critically.

The Coast Guard said no oil had spilled as of Wednesday evening. A Coast Guard statement said what appeared to be pockets of oil on the water turned out to be ash from the burned gas.

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