32 dead in Mexico oil HQ blast

An explosion has rocked the ground floor of the Mexico City headquarters of state oil giant Pemex. The company told Reuters that 32 people died in the blast. More than 100 were injured, and many more feared trapped.

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Death toll from Mexico City explosion rises to 32

Debris is piled outside the headquarters of oil giant Pemex in Mexico's capital. Credit: Reuters

The death toll from an explosion in Mexico City has risen to 32, the head of the country's oil giant Pemex said.

The blast hit the headquarters of state-run Pemex on Thursday afternoon, local time, shattering the lower floors of its downtown tower and sending frightened workers running outside.

More than 100 people were injured, and emergency workers continue to look for more people trapped in the rubble.

Mexican president vows to investigate explosion

Emergency services workers worked through the night in Mexico City, to search for people trapped in rubble after an explosion hit the headquarters of state-owned oil company Pemex.

Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto vowed to "work exhaustively to investigate exactly what took place, and if there are people responsible, to apply the force of the law on them."

The blast happened in mid-afternoon local time on Thursday.

The death toll rose to 25, and over 100 were thought to be injured.

Shortly after midnight local time, the company said that at least 46 people were still being treated in hospital.

Pemex said the blast would not affect operations.

The state-owned oil provider has been hit by several other safety incidents in recent years.


Soldiers in search for 100 feared trapped after blast

Soldiers joined emergency rescue teams to search for people feared trapped under debris after an explosion in Mexico City.

The blast in a neighbouring building hit the headquarters of state-owned oil giant Pemex, killing at least 25 people and injuring more than 100.

Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong told Reuters that the number of casualties is expected to rise.

He said at least one person had been pulled out alive.

Search-and-rescue dogs and their handlers have been sent to help look for survivors. Credit: Reuters

A paramedic at the scene told Reuters that as many as 100 people could be trapped.

The blast happened shortly before many workers were due to end their shifts at Pemex, making the area particularly busy.

Lower floor windows of the Pemex tower block, where thousands of people worked, were shattered by the explosion. Credit: Reuters

Fears of 100 more trapped inside Pemex tower

Rescue workers have been searching for people - perhaps as many as 100 - who could be trapped inside the Pemex tower. Credit: Reuters
Many people have been waiting anxiously nearby for news of family and friends. Credit: Reuters
More than 100 people were injured - Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto has been to visit some of them. Credit: Reuters


Death toll could rise after Mexico City blast

A powerful explosion rocked the Mexico City headquarters of state oil giant Pemex killing at least 14 people and injuring 100 others.

The blast hit the lower floors of the tower block, throwing debris into the streets and sending workers running outside.

Shattered windows are seen on one side of the headquarters of state oil giant Pemex in Mexico City following an explosion. Credit: REUTERS/Alejandro Dias

Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said the blast killed at least 14 people and injured 100. It was not yet clear what caused the explosion, and the death toll could still rise, he added.

"The place shook, we lost power and suddenly there was debris everywhere. Colleagues were helping us out of the building," witness Cristian Obele told Mexican television.

Emergency services outside the Pemex headquarters in mexico City following the blast. Credit: REUTERS/Bernardo Montoya

President Enrique Pena Nieto said via Twitter he "deeply regretted" the deaths and headed to the scene of the blast.

Explosion rocks Mexican oil headquarters

An explosion has rocked the ground floor of the Mexico City headquarters of state oil company Pemex, killing one and injury many others, according to local media.

The building is understood to have been evacuated did it is not yet clear what caused the explosion.

Mexican television images showed debris scattered near the base of the skyscraper and injured people being taken out on stretchers.Local media are reporting 22 people had been injured in the explosion and that one person had died in the building.

Plaster had fallen from the ceiling of the basement, and the situation at the Pemex tower was "delicate," a spokesman for local emergency services said.

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