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Nearly 200 evacuated after Pemex pipeline catches fire

Tetepango, Hidalgo — A Pemex pipeline that caught fire in the state of Hidalgo caused the eviction of nearly 200 as the area filled with thick smoke and flames erupted toward the sky.

The pipeline caught fire at 11:27 a.m. Wednesday at a pumping station along the Juandho-Tlahuelilpan highway in a town in the municipality of Tetepango. La Coordinación Nacional de Protección Civil (CNPC) reported the emergency evacuation of nearly 200 people from a community near the fire in the town of Juandhó.

Civil Protection said there is no report of injured or deceased. Due to the size and intensity of the fire, elements from Civil and Fire Protection from the municipalities of Tlahuelilpan, Tlaxcoapan, Mixquiahuala and Atotonilco de Tula were sent to the scene to extinguish the out-of-control pipeline flames.

Elements of la Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional (Sedena) and la Guardia Nacional (GN) were also there to monitor the site.

National Civil Protection Coordinator, David León, said determining the cause of the fire has proven difficult, however, they are still working on its origin.