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Gas duct explosion at Mexican plant kills 5

Possible theft from state oil company’s lines may be the cause.


August 12, 2015
by ASSOCIATED PRESS

MONTERREY, Mexico — Authorities say a gas pipeline explosion and subsequent fire behind a plant run in northern Mexico by the state oil company known as Pemex has killed at least five people.

Jorge Camacho Rincon, civil defence director for the northern state of Nuevo Leon, says that emergency workers found the five bodies after the fire was controlled. The dead were not immediately identified.

It was not known if more people were killed or injured in the Aug. 11 explosion.

The oil company, whose full name is Petroleos Mexicanos, says it’s investigating the cause of the explosion and is not ruling out the possible theft of gas from its lines.

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