• Fuel tanker fire extinguished in Gulf of Mexico

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    MEXICO CITY: A massive fire that burned for more than 24 hours aboard a fuel tanker ship loaded with thousands of barrels of oil on board was put out Sunday (Monday in Manila) without having caused spills, a Mexican state-owned oil company said. The 31 crew members of the oil firm Pemex’s Burgos tanker were safely evacuated. The vessel, which burned just off the eastern port city of Veracruz, was carrying more than 160,000 barrels of diesel and gasoline. Pemex, navy and other crews worked to put out the flames. Equipment and personnel were deployed from around the country, and Pemex also relied on fire control advisers from Houston, Texas. Pemex spokesman Israel de la Pena told Agence France-Presse that the fire was put out late Sunday, but about 100 emergency relief workers were still monitoring the boat.

    AFP

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