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    MEXICO CITY — A powerful explosion Thursday rocked one of Mexico City's tallest skyscrapers, a tower that houses the state oil giant, killing at least 25 people and injuring dozens, a top official said.

    Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said the cause of the blast, which heavily damaged the first two floors of an administrative building next to the 54-story tower, was under investigation. The complex is the headquarters of Petroleos de Mexico, or Pemex, the troubled but powerful state oil monopoly.

    Osorio Chong said 17 women and eight men were killed in the blast that apparently occurred in a basement garage, and more than 100 people were being treated in hospitals.

    Rescue dogs were being used to search for victims trapped in the debris. A ceiling in the basement collapsed and may have buried an unknown number of employees, Osorio Chong said. At least one person was dug out, alive, more than five hours after the blast, as rescuers working under floodlights picked through tangled mounds of concrete and metal late into the night

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    by BentLiberal on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 11:19:18 PM PST

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