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EMERGING MARKETS-Mexican peso's loss grows on reports of building fires, damages

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Sept 19 (Reuters) - A selloff in the Mexican peso accelerated on Tuesday following reports of fires and major damages to buildings in Mexico City in the aftermath of a strong earthquake detected in the southern part of the country.

At 3:38 p.m. (2138 GMT), the Mexican currency was worth 17.8445 peso per U.S. dollar, 0.4 percent less than late on Monday. (Reporting by Richard Leong)