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Pemex has extinguished a huge fire that broke out aboard a fuel tanker over the weekend.

The fire occurred on the Burgos tanker just before noon on Saturday while the vessel was in the Port of Veracruz.

Pemex said that the fire began in two tanks located in the bow of the tanker.

The state-owned company said it immediately put its emergency response plan into action to contain the fire.

Thirty one people aboard the tanker were evacuated using lifeboats and were taken to shore for medical evaluations.

There were no deaths or injuries reported, according to Fox News Latino.

Pemex said the tanker was carrying just under 160,000 barrels of gasoline and diesel when the accident occurred.

Most of the fuel aboard the vessel was consumed by the fire, Fox News added.

Pemex has deployed 18,492 gallons, or about 70,000 liters, of foaming liquid and 10,498 feet of containment barriers around the accident site.

Pemex said that the tanker’s double hull prevented the escape of liquid and that oily spots seen at the site were a mixture of chemicals and water used to extinguish the fire.

The fire fighting activities have not impacted normal operations at the port.

Crews will now begin work to level the vessel in order to allow investigators to determine the cause of the blaze, Pemex said on Sunday.


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