MEXICO CITY: A huge explosion rocked the Mexico City headquarters of state-owned oil giant Pemex yesterday, killing at least 15 people, injuring 100 more and leaving rescuers scrambling to find survivors.
Smoke billowed skyward as people fled the 54-floor skyscraper with some of those hurt in the blast being carried out on stretchers and office chairs, as witnesses recalled how a huge rumble shook the floor like an earthquake.
Windows broke on several lower floors, scattering debris, with the company saying the cause of the deadly incident was under investigation and declaring that any reports on the origin of the blast amounted to speculation.
A spokesman for the civil protection agency told AFP there was an apparent ‘accumulation of gas’ in an electrical supply room, but the exact cause of the blast had yet to be confirmed.
Emergency workers with rescue dogs, helicopters and several ambulances were at the scene in the capital, a city that is equipped to handle earthquakes.