An explosion in a candy factory in the U.S. border city of Juarez (north of Mexico) caused more than 50 injured, 10 of them serious and four in critical condition, and one person died, officials said.
According to Fernando Mota Allen, director of Civil Protection in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state, the explosion occurred this afternoon on the second floor of the building, where there were about 300 workers.
“The most important thing now is to preserve the health of the victims. Then commence the investigation of the causes that led to the accident,” said the official.
According to Reuter’s reports, the accident occurred in an industrial complex where they operate numerous maquiladoras. Residents of the area said the explosion was felt strongly.
The explosion caused the collapse of the roof of the second floor of the company’s factory in Ciudad Juarez and Blueberry authorities fear may have been trapped in an area where rescue teams have failed because you do not control the fire, said Motta Allen.
Is “missing calculated in 20”, told AFP the media secretary of Ciudad Juarez, Guillermo Terrazas.
The explosion destroyed a wall
Salvador Echeverria Meanwhile, state government official told a TV channel after the explosion of a boiler, steam accumulated injuring 30 people, 11 of them seriously and five more are in intensive care.
The accident caused the mobilization of elements of the army, about 30 ambulances and patrols transferred the wounded to hospitals in Ciudad Juarez, a resident of El Paso (Texas).
A side wall about four feet high and about 40 meters along the section where the fire occurred is completely destroyed, while on the street some people received first aid, according to an AFP reporter.
Meanwhile, the state governor, Cesar Duarte, lamented through his Twitter account the incident and said that “we will be watching for the needs of those affected in this incident, providing the necessary assistance.