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Posted: Jan 31, 2013 4:44 PM

Updated: Jan 31, 2013 4:45 PM

MEXICO CITY (AP) An explosion at the main headquarters of Mexico's state-owned oil company in the capital Thursday left at least several workers injured, blew out windows and damaged the building, the company said.

Local media reported that at least one person had died and that about 40 were injured.

Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, said workers have been evacuated from the building. A reporter at the scene saw rescue workers trying to free several workers trapped. Television images showed people being evacuated on office chairs, and gurneys. Most of them showed injuries likely caused by falling debris.

Pemex said in a Tweet that several workers were injured in the blast but no one answered at its offices.

In an earlier Tweet, the company said it had evacuated the building because of problems with the electricity in its administrative skyscraper.

Interior Department spokesman Eduardo Sanchez confirmed that an explosion in the basement garage of the office tower also damaged the first and second floors of a building, which is located in a busy commercial and residential area.

Topics: Mexico-Pemex Fire

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