MEXICO CITY – Seven people suffered non-life-threatening injuries in a fire at the Salina Cruz oil refinery in southern Mexico, state-owned Petroleos Mexicanos said.
Heavy rains caused by Tropical Storm Calvin forced managers to shut down the refinery on Tuesday, Pemex said in a statement.
Retaining ponds at the facility overflowed and the spilled oil and chemicals “reached a point of ignition, setting off a fire,” the company said.
None of the seven people receiving medical attention is listed in serious condition, Pemex said, adding that refinery personnel had managed to keep the flames from spreading outside the facility.
Pemex said its managers were coordinating the response with emergency management officials in Oaxaca state.