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A huge fire in a pipeline at the facilities of the state oil company Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) was reported yesterday 2/23 by the Secretariat of Civil Protection of Veracruz, Mexico.

The fire started at the Tuzandépetl strategic storage center in the municipality of Ixhuatlán at 3:40 local time.

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It is Pemex’s largest crude oil storage facility in the country.

The agency informed that as a precautionary measure, the facilities of the University of Ixhuatlán del Sureste were evacuated. The population of the area was asked to follow the instructions of the authorities.

Five people were injured and are in stable condition as they were rushed to the Pemex Regional Hospital in Mina. The fire was brought under control by PEMEX firefighters.