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Massive gas explosion rocks entire Zacatecas neighborhood

Calera, Zacatecas — A massive gas explosion shook a neighborhood and damaged 12 homes in a residential area of Zacatecas.

On Wednesday morning, Civil Protection responded to a large explosion that resulted in fire and damage to 12 homes. The fire was caused by the explosion of a 5,000 liter gas tank at a self-serve station located in the center of Calera.

Juan Antonio Caldera Alaniz, director of the State Coordination of Civil Protection and Fire, said the large explosion shook nearby homes, however, no deaths were reported.

The fire occurred at around 1:00 a.m. at the Aurrera shopping center. Municipal and state authorities rushed to the scene along with the fire department. Once there, the already-ignited fire caused the explosion of one of the two on-site tanks, however, officials were able to prevent the second from exploding.

The head of Civil Protection said that when the tank exploded, everyone from the shopping center had already been evacuated along with nearby homes. It took officials nearly seven hours to get the explosion under control.

At 6:30 a.m., rescue teams finally left the site, but not before some were treated for exhaustion and smoke inhalation.

Caldera Alaniz said that an assessment of the store and nearby homes will be done for material damages. La Vocería de Seguridad said that an investigation will be done to determine the cause of the fire.