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Venezuela plant explosion under control, official says

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • The fire was caused by generators that exploded Monday morning
  • The generators were sabotaged last week, a top government official said

(CNN) -- Venezuelan officials have controlled a mineral plant fire that injured several people, and there's no chance it will get worse, the nation's minister for basic industries and mining said Monday afternoon.

The fire resulted from the explosion Monday morning of some generators at the government-owned plant in the city of Guayana, in southeastern Venezuela, the state-controlled Agencia Venezolana de Noticias reported.

The workers were injured when they went to investigate some generators that had been sabotaged last week, said the mining and industries minister, Jose Khan. The generators exploded at 8:45 a.m. (9:15 a.m. ET) Monday, Khan said

The injured were transported to the Hospital Coromoto in the city of Maracaibo because the facility specializes in treating burn victims, the news agency said Khan told the government's Venezolana de Television station.

Smoke could still be seen coming from the facility Monday afternoon but officials already were investigating, Khan said.

Officials did not give any indication Monday as to how the generators had been sabotaged, who may have been responsible or what the reasons may have been.