The 17 people missing are “firefighters who were in the area closest to the fire” when an explosion took place, reported the Cuban presidency, which “requested the help and advice of friendly countries with experience in the petroleum sector. On Twitter, President Miguel Diaz-Canel estimated that bringing the fire under control “could take time”. Three injured are in critical condition, three in very serious condition and 12 people are seriously injured, according to the official Granma newspaper. AFP The fire broke out on Friday evening when lightning struck one of the tanks of the oil depot in the suburbs of Matanzas, a city of 140,000 inhabitants 100 kilometers east of Havana. The fire then spread to a second tank. According to Granma, “there was a failure of the lightning rod system which could not resist the power of the electric discharge”. Mario Sabines Lorenzo, governor of Matanzas, indicated that around 800 people were evacuated. scale never seen According to Asbel Leal, director of trade and supply at the Cuban Petroleum Union (Cupet), the first reservoir “contained approximately 26,000 cubic meters of domestic crude, or approximately 50% of its maximum capacity” at the time of the disaster. The second tank contained 52,000 cubic meters of fuel oil. According to him, Cuba had never faced a fire of “the magnitude of today’s”. hasn’t stopped, Granma said.
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