Two killed in Coal County drilling rig fire

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COAL COUNTY, Okla. -- Two people were killed and three others were injured early Friday morning in a fire at a drilling rig in Coal County, Okla.

Authorities identified the two people killed in the fire as Gary Keenan, 26, of Ada, and Kelsey Bellah, 27, of Tulsa. The investigation into exactly how they died is ongoing.

Tyler Bellah held back tears today after learning of the tragic accident that killed his brother. "I'm still trying got come to terms with it," he said. "It's going to take a while. I don't know about for everyone else, but for me it's too much to take in."

Tyler Bellah said brother Kelsey was getting his life back on track by working on the rig.

Aaron Crutchfield, said he wanted to know if his cousin Kelsey Bellah's death was, "an accident or carelessness." To answer that question, the investigation has been turned over to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration and the Oklahoma Fire Marshal's office.

"Its a rough job," Crutchfield said. "If you don't understand it, it's hard."

OSHA released a statement which read, "Although it is difficult to determine how long the investigation will take, OSHA will work diligently to determine how this incident occurred and what must be done to prevent such a tragedy from occurring again."

Three others were also injured during the fire that happened off Nixon Road near Highway 31, west of Coalgate, Okla. Their conditions are unknown at this time.

Michael Burns, shift captain of the Coalgate Fire Department, confirmed the drilling rig fire began 11:54 p.m. Thursday, and crews stayed on the scene with other fire departments until 3 a.m.

According to Jump, Emergency Medical Services helped with patients and the department kept the scene secure, "until the fire marshal came and started the investigation."

All five were employees of Dan D Drilling. The rig was working with Texas-based Pablo Energy.