Sunday, April 7, 2013

Hundreds evacuated in Mexico due to fire at pesticide plant

Mexico City, Apr 7 (EFE).- At least 300 people were evacuated early Sunday in Atitalaquia, a city in central Mexico, due to a fire at a pesiticide plant that unleashed a "toxic cloud," the Hidalgo state emergency management office said.

"We have information that some people were transported to hospitals with poisoning," emergency management office spokeswoman Patricia Muñoz Valderrama told Efe.

The fire started at 3:15 a.m. in three warehouses belonging to Agroquimicos ATC in Atitalaquia and the fire department was notified just after 5:00 a.m., Muñoz Valderrama said.