At least 121 people were injured this Saturday by the explosion of a fuel tank in Matanzas, western Cuba, where two have already burned since this Friday after lightning unleashed a fire.
#Ahora #Matanzas | Así continúa el incendio que devora el combustible almacenado en Matanzas. Hay 17 bomberos desaparecidos hasta el momento y me dicen mis fuentes en el hospital que la situación es mucho más grave de lo que se está diciendo en los medios del régimen pic.twitter.com/8IsiryyU9T— Mario J. Pentón (@MarioJPenton) August 6, 2022
According to official media, nine people are in serious condition and one is critical. Those affected are mostly members of the emergency teams that were working to extinguish the flames of the fire. There are also two journalists.
The affected crude oil deposits, with a capacity of 50,000 cubic meters, are located in the Supertanker Base in an industrial area of Matanzas, near the Antonio Guiteras thermoelectric plant, one of the largest in Cuba.
The fire is not yet controlled, according to official media.
The dictator, Miguel Díaz-Canel, and his prime minister, Manuel Marrero, traveled to Matanzas at dawn to closely follow the evolution of the event and visited the wounded in the nearby Faustino Pérez provincial hospital.
According to state television, some families in Matanzas are being evacuated from their homes in the city’s neighborhoods closest to the affected industrial area, given the risk of the flames spreading.
A large column of thick black smoke extends from the scene of the incident, covers Matanzas and is reaching Havana, a hundred kilometers away.
The fire started this Friday at around 7:00 p.m. local time (11:00 p.m. GMT) when an electrical discharge hit one of the eight crude tanks at the Supertanker Base.
Then a fire broke out that affected a warehouse and that at first seemed controlled, according to official media.
However, the strong wind made the extinction work difficult and carried the flames to a second tank and, around 7:00 local time on Saturday (11:00 GMT), caused a new large explosion in another tank.
The episode threatens to aggravate the dramatic energy crisis that Cubans are experiencing, victims of blackouts of several hours a day throughout the country due to the lack of investment by the Castro regime.