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Six die in Mexico gas storage plant explosion

17 October 2013

At least six people died and two others were injured in an explosion and subsequent fire at a natural gas storage plant owned by private company Gas Tomza in the central Mexican state of Puebla, authorities said. A two-kilometre area surrounding the Chachapa industrial park, where the explosion occurred, was evacuated and 20 companies were temporarily closed for safety reasons.

Authorities in the central city of Puebla set up a shelter to house 180 people, although there was no immediate indication of how many families had been forced to leave their homes. Besides the injured, 58 people, mostly women and children, were being treated for nervous shock, according to the state government.

Tomza sells and install gas tanks and cylinders for household, commercial and industrial use. The cause of the explosion has not yet been determined.

There have been a series of gas-related accidents in Mexico. More than 20 people were killed when a lorry carrying gas tanks exploded on a highway on the outskirts of Mexico City in May.

And in September 2012, 26 people died in a fire at a gas plant owned by the state oil company Pemex in the city of Reynosa.

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