UPDATE: PEMEX Oil Company Building Explosion in Mexico Kills At Least 33 People

by Colonel on February 1, 2013

“Rescue workers pulled out more bodies from debris at the headquarters of Mexican state oil giant Pemex on Friday after a powerful explosion killed at least 33 people and threw a spotlight onto the state-run company’s poor safety record.

Thursday’s blast occurred at a Pemex building next to the 50-story skyscraper, and senior officials said 33 people had so far been confirmed dead. A further 121 were injured. …

Officials have been unable to say how many people may still be trapped in the wreckage of the office block, which remains cordoned off. A military paramedic at the scene said there were likely many and expected the death toll to keep rising.

Lozoya said it was not clear what caused the midafternoon explosion, which has been the subject of speculation ranging from a bomb attack, to a gas leak, to a boiler blowing up.

” – Gabriel Stargardter and David Alire Garcia, Copyright 2013 Thomson Reuters

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