26 killed in Mexico pipeline fire near US border

2:35 AM, Sep 19, 2012   |    comments
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REYNOSA, Mexico -- A fire that erupted at a natural gas pipeline distribution center near Mexico's border with the United States has killed 26 people.

Mexico's state-owned oil company, Petroleos Mexicanos, initially reported 10 deaths at the facility near the city of Reynosa, across from McAllen, Texas. Later, the death toll was raised to 26 maintenance workers. One man killed was run over when he rushed onto a highway running away from the facility.

The fire also forced evacuations of people in nearby ranches and homes.

The company said later Tuesday night that the blaze was extinguished in 90 minutes and the pipeline was shut off.

Forty-six workers were injured.

(Associated Press)

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