3 February, 2023

Fire in fuel tanks spreads, international support is already in the area

The flames have reached the third deposit, which had been cooled with sea water for much of Sunday and today Monday, almost at the same time that the second affected tank collapsed due to the fire.

Editorial Dept. Voz de la Diaspora

Cuba – The fire unleashed on Friday due to lightning in large fuel tanks in the town of Matanzas, that adds up to one dead and fifteen missing, expanded on Sunday to a third tank.

According to official media, the efforts of the Cuban and international emergency teams, to contain the flames in the first two affected deposits has not been successful. The infrastructure has a total of eight deposits of 50.000 cubic meters each.

The flames have reached the third deposit, which had been cooled with sea water for much of Sunday and today Monday, almost at the same time that the second affected tank collapsed due to the fire.

Shortly before, the emergency teams had withdrawn from the area of ​​the incident after a strong wind prevented their work and fanned the flames..

The Cuban Ministry of Public Health indicated in its latest report that the fire has so far left one dead and 122 injured, of which five remain in critical condition, three are serious and 16 receive care (the rest have been discharged).

The missing are mainly firefighters who were surprised by the explosion of the second tank when they were working on the front line to stop the fire in the first. The recovery of the bodies will not begin until the flames are extinguished, explained the Cuban government.

further, nail 5.000 people have been evicted from housing in Matanzas neighborhoods located in the vicinity of the industrial park.

The flames have risen tens of meters, covering the sky of nearby Matanzas in red, and the huge column of black smoke has reached Havana, To over 100 kilometers of distance.