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      Explosion reported at PEMEX plant in Reynosa

      Photo posted by @darenashack on Twitter

      Authorities are working to contain a large fire following a deadly explosion that claimed 26 lives at a plant south of the border in Reynosa.

      The deadly blast happened a PEMEX plant near the Kilometer 19 marker of the Reynosa-Monterrey highway just after 11 a.m. Tuesday.

      Area residents used the #reynosafollow hashtag of Twitter to report the explosion.

      PEMEX officials confirmed on their Twitter account that the blast claimed the lives of 26 workers but it's not clear how many were wounded.

      Company officials said four of the workers killed were PEMEX employees and the other 22 were contractors.

      Reynosa firefighters and civil protection confirmed they are at the scene and brought the fire under control before 1 p.m. Tuesday.

      Twitter users @xmen2069 and @darenashack were the first to post pictures from the blast.

      A Twitter user who identified himself as @Krls_Rdz posted a video of the fire.

      Authorities with Mexico's Federal Highways and Bridges (CAPUFE) temporarily shut down the Reynosa-Monterrey highway in both directions due to the blast.

      Residents are reporting that neighboring maquiladoras had been evacuated.

      Firefighters from the neigboring city of Rio Bravo were called to provide assistance.

      One Rio Grande Valley resident reported that he saw the blast from the Bentsen Tower in downtown McAllen.

      McAllen Fire Department officials told Action 4 News that they were not notified about the blast and would not be assisting.

      PEMEX Official Statment

      Incendio en el Centro Receptor de Gas en la carretera Reynosa-Monterrey18 de Septiembre de 2012. Boletn No. 59

      Hora de publicacin: 14:12

      Se confirma el fallecimiento de 10 trabajadores

      El dia de hoy a las 10:45 horas se present un incendio en el Centro Receptor de Gas y Condensados de Pemex Exploracin y Produccin ubicado en el kilmetro 19 de la carretera Reynosa-Monterrey. A esta instalacin llega el gas procedente de la Regin de Burgos y se entrega el producto a Pemex Gas y Petroqumica Bsica.

      De inmediato entr en operacin el Plan de Respuesta a Emergencias y se procedi al cierre de vlvulas que transportan gas, en tanto arribaron al lugar unidades de contra incendio de Pemex y bomberos estatales y municipales. A las 12:40 hrs. el fuego qued extinguido.

      Petrleos Mexicanos lamenta informar que a esta hora se ha confirmado el fallecimiento de diez personas a causa de este accidente.

      El accidente ocasion daos al patn de medicin as como a un ducto y algunas vlvulas de control.

      Tcnicos especializados de Pemex Exploracin y Produccin procedern a realizar el anlisis causa raz del accidente as como la evaluacin de los daos ocasionados a la instalacin.

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