Lybrook oil rig fire injures two

Posted at: 03/04/2014 12:40 PM
Updated at: 03/04/2014 5:15 PM
By: Steve Mieczkowski,

Two people were injured Tuesday afternoon after a fire broke out at an oil rig on U.S. 550 south of Farmington.

The damaged rig is located near Lybrook in Rio Arriba County. The rig is in a remote part of the area and is not visible from any major road.

Fire officials confirmed to KOB Eyewitness News 4 that two people who work on the rig were injured.

A doctor told KOB one person has burns to his face and ears.

An EMS helicopter airlifted at least one person out to a Farmington hospital.

The fire began at around 12:30 p.m. At this point, officials aren't sure what started the fire but will be investigating.

Residents who live near the rig face danger like this all the time.

"We do have fires and stuff but there is a lot of safety out here, watching, making sure they are doing what they are supposed to," Lybrook resident Karen McGee said.