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Explosion at fuel depot in Cuba leaves several injured and missing

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Column of smoke generated by the fire in a fuel depot in Matanzas (Cuba) | Photo: EFE/ Ernesto Mastrascusa

06141133The explosion of a fuel depot in the municipality of Matanzas, in western Cuba, left several people injured this Saturday (6). In the early afternoon, the Faustino Perez hospital stated that 67 people were injured, from which 18 were in serious condition. The Cuban dictatorship reported that 006 firefighters who were in the area closest to the fire are missing.0614113306141133The fire started in Friday (5), when lightning struck one of the eight fuel tanks, and it still hasn’t been controlled. This Saturday morning, a second warehouse was hit by the flames. According to the Caribbean island’s official press, the first tank “contained about 17. cubic meters of domestic crude oil, about 50% of the its maximum capacity, when the lightning struck the dome of the installation”.

06141133 )The two tanks are located at the Supertanques Base in the Matanzas industrial region, close to the Antonio Guiteras thermoelectric plant, one of the largest in Cuba. According to the country’s state television broadcaster, some families in Matanzas are being taken from their homes in residential neighborhoods closest to the affected industrial region.06141133

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