A fuel tank explodes due to lightning in Cuba

Serious industrial fire continues in Cuba after massive night explosion

ivan rodriguez gelfenstein

R. Gelfenstein - The fire started around 7:00 p.m. Local time on Friday, according to the first hypothesis, when lightning struck the base of fuel tanks and exceeded the capabilities of the lightning rod system.

So far, the number of victims of this industrial fire is one dead, 16 missing and 122 injured, including 7 people in critical or serious condition.

According to the latest assessments, this event was due to the collapse of the second ship affected by the flames. The plants consist of 8 tanks of 50,000 cubic meters each.

The governor of Matanzas, Mario Sabines Lorenzo, said that "it is the same tank two, the same one that was already on fire" that caused the explosion when it departed and threw away "all the fuel," according to the media.

The third tank, it has been acknowledged, is in danger. From the early hours of the morning, several Army helicopters cool the area with sea water.

The fuel spill burned the surrounding forest, as well as several nearby industrial plants. The damage has not yet been assessed.

The missing are mostly firefighters who were surprised by the explosion of the second tank as they worked at the front to put out the fire of the first. The recovery of the bodies will not begin until the flames are extinguished, the Cuban government explained.

The flames rose several tens of meters, staining the sky of neighboring Matanzas red, and the huge column of black smoke reached Havana, more than 100 kilometers away.

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