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Mexico

Blast Kills 13, Injures Dozens at Mexico Petrochemical Plant

Pemex reported the fire under control late Wednesday, but initially urged people to stay away from the area as a precaution

A plume of smoke rises over the State oil company Petroleos Mexicanos' petrochemical plant in Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, Wednesday April 20, 2016., photo: AP/Félix Márquez
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An explosion killed 13 people and injured scores at a petrochemical plant on Mexico’s southern Gulf coast, forcing evacuations as a fire billowed a huge toxin-filled cloud into the air.

Luis Felipe Puente, head of the Interior Secretariat’s (Segob) National Civil Protection Department, wrote in his Twitter account Thursday that emergency personnel had been able to enter the burned-out plant and found 10 more cadavers. Three workers had been reported dead immediately following the blast Wednesday afternoon.

The state oil company, Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex), said 136 workers had been hurt in the blast in the industrial port city of Coatzacoalcos. Eighty-eight of the injured remained hospitalized.

José Antonio González Anaya, the director of Pemex, told the Radio Fórmula station that 13 of the injured were in serious condition, and said the death toll could rise.

González Anaya said the blast, “was caused by a leak. … We don’t know how that leak occurred.”

Veracruz state Gov. Javier Duarte earlier told Radio Formula that the blast was felt as far as 6 miles (10 kilometers) away, adding that more than 2,000 people were evacuated from the area as a precaution.

BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE - In this video grab a large plume of smoke rises from the Mexican State oil company Petroleos Mexicanos' petrochemical plant after an explosion in Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, Wednesday, April 20, 2016. The explosion killed several people, injuring dozens and sending flames and a toxin-filled cloud into the air, officials said. (Inmel Enoc via AP)

In this video grab a large plume of smoke rises from the Mexican State oil company Petroleos Mexicanos’ petrochemical plant after an explosion in Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Photo: Inmel Enoc via AP

Pemex reported the fire under control late Wednesday, but initially urged people to stay away from the area as a precaution.

“The cloud that emanated from the PMV plant in Coatzacoalcos is dissipating rapidly, which means it is losing its toxic effects,” it said via its Twitter account.

The company later said there was no longer any danger to people nearby. Still, local officials canceled classes at area schools for Thursday.

Pemex said the explosion occurred in the Clorados 3 plant of Petroquímica Mexicana de Vinilo. It said the plant is operated by another company, Mexichem, in partnership with Pemex. The plant produces vinyl chloride, a hazardous industrial chemical that is used to make PVC pipes and for other purposes.

The Veracruz state Health Secretariat said in a statement that two patients were in grave condition Wednesday night from burns to their air passages from toxic gases. Others were treated for minor burns, contusions and broken bones.

There have been a number of accidents in recent years at facilities owned by Pemex or places where it operates. In early February, a fire killed a worker at the same facility. Also in February, two people were killed and eight injured in a fire on an offshore Pemex platform in the Gulf of Mexico.

A security guard protects a store that was damaged by the shock waves of an explosion at a State oil company Petroleos Mexicanos' petrochemical plant in Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, Wednesday April 20, 2016. An explosion ripped through a petrochemical plant on the southern coast of the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, killing 3 people, injuring dozens and sending flames and a toxin-filled cloud into the air, officials said. (AP Photo/Felix Marquez)

A security guard protects a store that was damaged by the shock waves of an explosion at a State oil company Petroleos Mexicanos’ petrochemical plant in Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, Wednesday April 20, 2016. Photo: AP/Félix Márquez

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