Fire spreads at Cuban fuel facility hit by lightning

A second fuel storage tank close to Cuba’s supertanker port in Matanzas exploded on Saturday morning following a blaze which burned by way of the evening after lightning hit one other tank on Friday night.

Cuban state-run tv stated at least 67 folks have been injured within the second blast and 17 firefighters have been unaccounted for. Civilians had already been evacuated from the world.

Health minister José Angel Portal Miranda stated in a Twitter put up that of these injured, three have been in crucial situation, three very grave and one other 12 have been in a “grave” situation.

Seven sufferers have been transferred to hospitals within the capital, Havana.

President Miguel Diaz-Canel visited the scene 80 miles east of Havana round midnight and returned through the morning as state-run tv broadcast dwell protection of the unfolding catastrophe.

Mr Diaz-Canel posted on Twitter earlier than the second blast that first responders have been “trying to avert the spread of the flames and any spill of fuel” into the Matanzas bay.

A later tweet from his workplace stated Cuba was asking pleasant nations for recommendation to place the fireplace out.

By Saturday morning the fireplace appeared fully uncontrolled, threatening different close by fuel storage tanks as smoke reached Havana.

A paramedic at the scene, who requested to not be recognized, stated by phone that chilly water was being poured on close by tanks.

Cuba is affected by day by day blackouts and fuel shortages and the lack of fuel and storage capability is prone to worsen the scenario.

Jorge Pinon, director of the University of Texas at Austin’s Latin America and Caribbean Energy and Environment Program, stated the world had eight huge tanks every with a capability of 300,000barrels.

“The area is a transshipment point for fuel to various thermo-electric plants, not just the one nearby, so this could be very bad news for the power grid,” he stated.

based mostly on website supplies www.rte.ie

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