Mexico's Pemex evacuates hospital unit after short circuit

MEXICO CITY Sun Feb 17, 2013 6:01am EST

The logo of Mexican petroleum company Pemex is seen on a tank gas at gas station in Mexico City November 23, 2012. Spanish oil major Repsol, badly bruised by the nationalisation of its Argentine business, is in talks to patch up frayed ties with state-owned Mexican oil monopoly Pemex. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

The logo of Mexican petroleum company Pemex is seen on a tank gas at gas station in Mexico City November 23, 2012. Spanish oil major Repsol, badly bruised by the nationalisation of its Argentine business, is in talks to patch up frayed ties with state-owned Mexican oil monopoly Pemex.

Credit: Reuters/Edgard Garrido

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's state-owned Pemex oil monopoly evacuated a unit of its Cadereyta hospital in the eastern state of Nuevo Leon after a short circuit in ceiling wiring produced smoke, the company said on Saturday night, adding there were no injuries.

The incident "was controlled without major damage," Pemex said in a tweet. In a statement shortly afterward, the company said the short circuit occurred just before 7 p.m. local time and firefighters evacuated 10 patients and 36 hospital workers.

Late last month, an explosion in Pemex's PEMX.UL Mexico City headquarters killed at least 37 people. Authorities have said the blast was likely caused by a gas leak, but they are still investigating.

(Reporting by Alexandra Alper; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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