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Death toll rises to 29 after Mexico gas plant fire

The death toll from a Mexican gas plant explosion and fire rose to 29 on Wednesday while three workers were still missing one day after the accident, the state-run Pemex energy firm said.

world Updated: Sep 20, 2012 01:30 IST
AFP

The death toll from a Mexican gas plant explosion and fire rose to 29 on Wednesday while three workers were still missing one day after the accident, the state-run Pemex energy firm said.

"The number of dead in the accident... has regrettably risen to 29," Pemex said in a statement.

The company had reported late Tuesday that 26 people had died in the inferno at a Pemex gas distribution center near Reynosa, a city on the US border.

But another worker succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday, while two others who were reported missing turned up dead, a company spokeswoman told AFP.

The company revised the number of people injured to 26 and those missing to three, after previously reporting that 28 were injured and seven were missing.

First Published: Sep 20, 2012 01:29 IST