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Another clandestine pipeline catches fire in Higaldo

San Agustín Tlaxiaca, Higaldo — Eleven days after the explosion of a Pemex pipeline in the town of San Primitivo, Hidalgo another clandestine pipe tap has exploded, this time in the municipality of San Agustín Tlaxiaca located 25 minutes from Pachuca, the capital.

At 8:32 p.m. Emergency 911 received the report that a fire had erupted and was apparently coming from a Pemex pipeline.

The Control, Command, Communications and Computing Center (C4) confirmed the report and relayed it to Pemex Physical Security and Civil Protection who corroborated that the incident occurred in a hydrocarbon transfer pipeline.

The Municipal Police of San Agustín Tlaxiaca arrived as the first respondent along with State Police and the Mexican Army. Personnel of the Ministry of National Defense, firefighters of San Agustín Tlaxiaca and Pachuca arrived to put out the flames.

Reports of injuries were not made.

The incident comes less than two weeks after another similar pipeline fire claimed at least 85 lives in another area of Hidalgo.