Twenty-six people were killed in northern Mexico when a Pemex natural gas facility exploded Tuesday.
One of the deadliest accidents in the oil and gas industry in recent years, the blaze shot flames high into the Reynosa sky. Parts of the plant were transformed into scorched debris.
This was the third blaze in about five weeks at the state-run Pemex installations in Tamaulipas, and area that has struggled to keep control of warring drug gangs.
The fire, according to a Pemex executive appeared to be an accident. The cause of the fire was unclear. Pemex said it was still investigating after fire fighters brought it under control on Tuesday afternoon.
Four of those killed on Tuesday were Pemex staff, and the other 22 were contract workers. Seven workers were still missing, while 28 people were hospitalized, two in serious condition.
Earlier this month, four Pemex workers were injured after a fire broke out at the Madero refinery in Tamaulipas. Another blaze at the same refinery occurred on Aug. 13.
The accident on Tuesday was the second biggest gas-related blaze to hit Latin America in the past month.
Forty-two people were killed when a gas leak led to an explosion at Venezuela’s biggest refinery on Aug. 25. Authorities are still investigating the cause of that leak.