(CNN) — Cuba’s president said 67 people were injured in a fire at an oil tank in Matanzas, according to the health minister. Of these, three are in critical condition, 3 are in very serious condition, 12 are in critical condition, 20 are less critical and 29 are in mild condition.
The government also reported that so far there are 17 missing firefighters “who were trying to contain the spread to the nearest area.”
President Diaz-Canel leads a meeting to give instructions on how to deal with the incident. “Help and advice were sought from friendly countries having experience in the oil issue,” the officials said.
A fire broke out Friday night after lightning struck a large oil storage tank in Matanzas, Cuba, according to the Cuban president. on your twitter account,
President Miguel Diaz-Canel visited Faustino Pérez Hospital on Saturday morning, where the injured are being treated.
“We are closely following the confrontation with the fire in the industrial area. We have faith in the province officials, the brave firefighters and the workers of CUPET. President Miguel Diaz-Canel tweeted With reference to the State Petroleum Association of Cuba.
The massive fire comes at a time when Cuba is facing a deep energy crisis amid fuel shortages.
According to Susli Morfa González, the first secretary of the Cuban Community Party in Matanzas province, an electrical discharge at the base of the oil tank, which stores crude oil, caused the fire.
The ministry said the fire did not affect the Antonio Guitares Thermoelectric Plant, which contributes to the national electricity system.
Gonzalez said province officials, the fire department, Cuba’s Revolutionary Armed Forces and the interior ministry were fighting the flames.