Fire at Pemex gas plant in Mexico kills 10 workers

By LAURENCE ILIFF

MEXICO CITY -- Mexico's state-owned oil company Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, said Tuesday that 10 workers were killed during a fire at a facility in the northern state of Tamaulipas that transfers natural gas and condensates from the firm's Burgos production complex to Pemex's gas and petrochemical division.

Pemex said the fire broke out late in the morning and was contained just after midday.

Rescue teams shut down the valves at the reception station and Pemex sent a special team of firefighters to control the blaze.

Pemex said in a statement Tuesday afternoon that it had confirmed 10 deaths as a result of the accident.

Valves and other equipment were damaged as a result of the fire, which is under investigation by the oil company.


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