The explosion of an oil pipeline in the central Mexican town of San Martin Texmelucan killed at least 27 people Sunday and left 52 injured, including five in serious condition.
The accident occurred just before 6 a.m. (1200 GMT) when oil spilling from a breached pipeline quickly burst into a fireball that flattened homes and wrecked cars in San Martin Texmelucan, a small community in the state of Puebla about 50 miles (75 km) east of Mexico City.
Mexican Interior Minister Jose Francisco Blake Mora said that 12 children were among the dead in the blast of a pipeline from state-owned energy giant Petroleos de Mexico (Pemex). The explosion destroyed 32 homes and damaged 83 others.
The situation was under control, but the extent of the damage was still being assessed, Civil Protection Director Miguel Angel Martinez said. The pipe belongs to Pemex, the state-owned oil monopoly.