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Deadly explosion rocks Mexico City skyscraper housing Pemex

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Firefighters belonging to the Tacubaya sector and workers dig for survivors after an explosion at an adjacent building to the executive tower of Mexico's state-owned oil company PEMEX, in Mexico City, Thursday Jan. 31, 2013. A large explosion occurred in the lower floors of the building.

By Kari Huus, Staff writer, NBC News

An explosion in the Mexico City skyscraper complex housing the headquarters of state oil monopoly Pemex killed 14 and injured at least 80, company and government officials said.

The explosion took place in the basement garage of the auxiliary building of the complex, next to the company's 54-floor tower located in a busy commercial and residential area, Interior Department spokesman Eduardo Sanchez told reporters.

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An injured person is transported on a stretcher the headquarters of state oil giant Pemex in Mexico City Jan. 31.

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Rescue workers head for the skyscraper.

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A helicopter overflies the area following a blast inside the skyscraper that houses the headquarters of state-owned Mexican oil giant Pemex.

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