Alert in Cuba: Two oil tanks are on fire in Matanzas and they fear the fire will spread

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The partition is not controlled. There are currently 77 injured and the search for 17 missing firefighters continues. The US is in contact with officials of the Castro dictatorship to cooperate in rescue missions. There are 800 evacuations

The fire is not under control and 17 firefighters are missing.
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City murders west Cuba live in pain this saturday There are 17 missing and 77 burn injuries so far in the fire that broke out in two oil tanks in an industrial area.

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It is feared that the fire, which has already affected two oil tanks, will spread to others, eight in total.

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The new balance sheet published in the official newspaper grandmother upgraded for Number of injured 77 the cause of the incident, three of which are in critical condition, the other three are very serious, and 12 are serious. They also report 17 missing The regime stated that there were “firefighters in the closest area” to the fire and added the following. “Cuba sought help and advice from countries experienced in oil.”

Dictator Miguel Díaz-Canel commented on Twitter that “the fire may still take time to extinguish”, while Asbel Leal, Director of Trade and Supply of the Cuban-Petroleum Association (Kupet), stated that the country has never faced a threat. A fire “of the size we have today”.

The fire broke out after lightning struck one of the tanks on Friday afternoon at the supertanker base on the outskirts of Matanzas, 100 kilometers east of Havana, at 7:00 pm local time. At 5am this Saturday, the fire spread to a second warehouse.

“The noise felt like an airwave pushing you back,” Laura Martínez, a resident of La Ganadera, about two kilometers from the crash site, told AFP.

Lightning struck a fuel tank in Cuba, causing an impressive fire.

Mario Sabines Lorenzo, Governor of Matanzas, 800 evacuations.

When the first explosion occurred, Yuney Hernández and her family fled their home in La Ganadera. The 32-year-old woman told AFP that the children returned “at three o’clock in the morning” because they were sleepy.

But around 0500 they started to hear more explosions, adding that “it felt like parts of the tank were falling off”.

Ginelva Hernández, 33, lives in the same community with her husband and three children. “We went to bed around 3:30 and 4:45, feeling the explosion of the bomb like thunder. We jumped out of bed, the sky was yellow when we went out into the street, “she said. The fear of people on the street is uncontrollable,” she said.

The western Cuban city of Matanzas lives in agony before two oil tanks ignited in an industrial area on Saturday, with scores of casualties and dozens of burns injured so far.
The western Cuban city of Matanzas lives in agony before two oil tanks ignited in an industrial area on Saturday, with scores of casualties and dozens of burns injured so far.

According to Cupet, the first deposit “contained approximately 26,000 cubic meters of national crude oil, about 50% of its maximum capacity” when struck by lightning. The second tank contained 52,000 cubic meters of fuel oil.

“Apparently there was a malfunction in the lightning rod system that could not withstand the energy of the electrical discharge” grandmother .

Danger Ricardo, a 37-year-old welder working in the field, cannot explain how the lightning rod system of the tanks broke down.

Two tanks feed the Antonio Guiteras thermoelectric power station, the largest in the world. Cuba but the pumping into this plant didn’t stop, Granma added.

On Saturday morning, in front of the 140,000-population Matanzas bay, two helicopters began working on their destruction mission.

Exhausted groups of firefighters gathered outside the factory to search for colleagues who were unable to get out during the second explosion.

REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini

The fire comes at a time when the island has been struggling to meet its increased energy demand since last May due to the summer heat.

The obsolescence of eight thermoelectric power plants, malfunctions, scheduled maintenance and lack of fuel are hampering electricity production.

Since May, authorities have planned power cuts for up to 12 hours a day in parts of the country. Since then, some twenty protests have been held in the interior of the island.

According to official information, Cuba currently has an average electricity distribution capacity of 2,500 megawatts and falls short of household demand during peak consumption times, which according to official information reaches 2,900 megawatts.

USA cooperation

The Cuban regime confirmed this Saturday that it is coordinating this country’s assistance with the United States in the face of the still-active great fire. In two of the eight crude oil deposits in the (west) industrial area of ​​the city of Matanzas.

The US Embassy in Cuba also reported on Twitter that it was “in contact with Cuba regarding the incident in Matanzas”.

“In the meantime, we want to make it clear that U.S. law authorizes U.S. agencies and organizations to provide disaster relief and response in Cuba.”

The affected 50,000 cubic meters of crude oil fields are located at the Supertanker Base in an industrial area of ​​Matanzas, near the Antonio Guiteras thermoelectric power station, the most important in the country.

Source: Info Bae

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