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Pemex Explosion in Mexico’s Puebla Kills at Least 11

Dec. 19 (Bloomberg) -- An explosion at an oil pipeline operated by Mexican state-owned oil company Petroleos Mexicanos killed at least 11 people and injured at least 12 people, a state official said.

The blast in San Martin Texmelucan, Puebla state, occurred around 5 a.m. today Mexico City time, German Garcia, head of Puebla’s civil protection office, said in an interview on the ForoTV network.

Pemex, as the oil company is known, confirmed the explosion and said it may have been caused by an attempt to steal fuel from the pipeline.

Earlier, newspaper El Universal reported the death toll at 15 people and said 32 houses were affected by the blast.

Local authorities have the fire under control and are trying to make sure it doesn’t spread to other pipelines, Garcia said on ForoTV.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jens Erik Gould at jgould9@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Joshua Goodman at jgoodman19@bloomberg.net

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