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26 Dead in Mexico Gas Pipeline Fire

46 injured, and five still missing


Mexico's state-owned oil company says at least five people are still listed as missing in a pipeline fire that killed 26 workers and injured 46 others at a plant near the U.S. border.

Juan Jose Suarez, director of the state-owned Petroleos Mexicanos company, told local media Wednesday that at least 5 workers have not been seen since the blast. Two of the 46 injured were in serious condition.

President Felipe Calderon said emergency teams' quick reaction prevented a "real catastrophe," by controlling the fire before it reached the massive tanks of a neighboring gas processing plant.