MEXICO CITY | 20 dead, 71 burned in fire at illegal tap on Mexico pipeline

18Jan - by Editor - 0 - In STL.News

MEXICO CITY —January 18, 2019—  A huge fire exploded at a pipeline leaking fuel in central Mexico on Friday, killing at least 20 people and badly burning 71 others as locals were collecting the spilling gasoline in buckets and garbage cans, officials said.

The leak was caused by an illegal tap that fuel thieves had drilled into the pipeline in a small town in the state of Hidalgo, about 62 miles (100 kilometers) north of Mexico City, according to state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex.

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