Report: 30 People Trapped in Debris Following Explosion at PEMEX Oil Headquarters in Mexico

by Colonel on February 1, 2013

“An explosion at the office headquarters of Mexico’s state-owned oil company in the capital killed 14 people and injured 100 on Thursday as it heavily damaged three floors of a building. …

Another 30 people were reported trapped in the debris late Thursday, as soldiers with rescue dogs, trucks with mounted lights and a Pemex crane were brought in to extract victims. The Interior Ministry said it was uncertain of the exact number of people trapped because many were outside having lunch when the explosion occurred about 3:45 p.m. local time in a basement parking garage next to the iconic, 51-story tower of Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex.

President Enrique Pena Nieto said authorities have not yet found out what caused the blast in the 14-story building in a busy commercial and residential area.

” — Michael Weissenstein, Copyright 2013 The Associated Press

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