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World: Pemex gas blast kills 26 workers

Petroleos Mexicanos, the world's fourth-largest oil producer, said 26 workers died in a fire at a gas distribution hub in Mexico near the U.S. border, about 14 miles from McAllen.

The fire in the northern state of Tamaulipas is under control, while gas supplies from some of the Burgos fields have been halted, said a Pemex press official, who asked not to be identified. Mexico's state-oil producer said four of the people killed were Pemex employees, while 22 were contractors, according to a company statement posted on the Twitter website. The fire is the deadliest Pemex explosion since a Dec. 2010 blast, started by a criminal gang attempting to steal oil from a pipeline in Puebla that killed 28.

 

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