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Fire reported at partly flooded Mexican refinery

AP  |  Mexico City 

A massive fire broke out at a partially flooded refinery in southern Mexico today, injuring seven people.

The state-owned company Pemex said none of the injuries were life-threatening.

Television and footage showed a huge column of flames and thick black smoke pouring from one part of the refinery complex.

The refinery's operations had been suspended yesterday because of heavy rains from former Tropical Storm Calvin, which had partly flooded some parts of the plant.

The company said the fire broke out after the floodwaters caused waste containment ponds to overflow, spreading around the plant.

Pemex said in a statement that the spilled "reached a point of ignition as a result of the flooding, sparking a fire."

It said company employees were inside the facility, battling the fire.

The facility is located in Salina in the southern state of Oaxaca.

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First Published: Wed, June 14 2017. 22:48 IST