Mexico: At least 23 dead, 13 injured in fire at bar in southern port city of Coatzacoalcos

At least 23 people died in a fire at a bar in Mexico’s southern port city of Coatzacoalcos, after what could have been an attack on the premises, authorities said.

The fire broke out on Tuesday night and killed at least eight women and 15 men, according to a statement posted on Facebook by the attorney general’s office of the state of Veracruz.

Another 13 people were being treated at hospitals for serious injuries, the official added.

“The Attorney General’s office strongly condemns what could constitute a devious attack,” it said in the statement.

Coatzacoalcos is a port city on the Gulf of Mexico coast.

A gang dispute could potentially be involved in the attack, said Governor of the state of Veracruz, Cuitlahuac Garcia, according to reports.

The incident, along with the killing of 19 people at Uruapan a few weeks ago, invoked horrific memories of the decade-old drug war in the nation.

(With agency inputs