32 die in Mexico oil company office building blast

The director of Mexico

An emergency responder carries a piece of concrete as emergency workers and firefighter dig for survivor at the site on 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. The explosion killed more than 10 people and injured some 80 as it heavily damaged three floors of the building, sending hundreds into the streets and a large plume of smoke over the skyline. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The director of Mexico's state-owned oil company says that the death toll in an explosion at its headquarters has risen to 32 people.

Emilio Lozoya says 121 people were treated for injuries in Thursday's blast Thursday in an auxiliary building at the headquarters of Petroleos Mexicanos. The damaged building is beside the iconic 51-story Pemex tower. He said Friday that rescue efforts continue and people still could be trapped.

About 1,700 people work in the building that was affected, including as many as 250 employees in the first four floors affected by the blast.
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