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Firemen scramble to dose flames at Pemex refinery in Veracruz

Minatitlán, Veracruz — Another fire has been recorded in a Pemex refinery in Minatitlán, Veracruz. On Wednesday night, there was a fire at the Lázaro Cárdenas refinery of Petróleos Mexicano (Pemex) in Minatitlán

The fire started at around 10:00 p.m., according to reports from the state government, and burned until shortly after 1:00 a.m. Thursday. The fire was registered in sector three of the refinery.

According to preliminary reports, flames originated from a fuel spill that reached and consumed the U-100 wooden cooling tower that was under repair.

The water tanks that distribute from the cooling tower were consumed by the fire, confirmed Guillermo Hernández Urbina, director of Civil Protection in Minatitlán. Flames were visible for several kilometers as Pemex firemen worked to extinguished the blaze.

After touring the neighborhoods surrounding the Pemex refinery, no injuries or fatalities were reported.

On April 7 of 2021, another fire at that same refinery was reported due to a fuel leak. That fire caused an explosion that put the refinery out of operation for several months. Seven people were injured in that incident.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador visited the Lázaro Cárdenas refineryin September, highlighting a 32 billion peso investment for the rehabilitation of six refineries around the country.