Three people suffered severe burns in a Friday morning explosion at a chemical plant near Mexico City specializing in synthetic automotive grease.
A statement posted by the Directorate of Civil Protection and Firefighters of Atizapán de Zaragoza states that the three casualties suffered burns over 25, 50 and 70 percent of their bodies, respectively.
At 10:21 a.m. fire dispatchers received the first report of an explosion at KMX Chemicals, located in the Ejidos San Miguel Chalma neighborhood. Press accounts cite reports of at least three explosions at the scene, raising a plume of smoke visible for miles.
Firefighter arrived to find that the plant’s sheet metal roof had collapsed and drums containing flammable materials were ablaze. The injured were treated by paramedics and transferred to the Zumpango Hospital.
Homeowners living nearby reported damage to three houses, mostly to the windows and roof. Emergency responders cordoned off the factory site as firefighters continued to guard against the fire rekindling.
Atizapán, population 489,000, is located inside the Greater Mexico City limits.