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Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Cuba considers serious industrial fire in Matanjas under control

Cuban officials brought the fire under control this Wednesday which has affected the base of the fuel deposit in Matanzas (west), largest fire Industry in the history of the country, which has so far resulted in one death, 14 missing and over a hundred injured.

The second head of the National Department of Extinction of the Fire Department Cuba, Alexander Valos George, reported in press conference of this advance in the fire Which has damaged four tanks of 50-50 thousand liters since Friday.

He just added Emergency teams operate in three war zones In the area of ​​the tank park four of the eight affected tanks.

“We feel calm, always worriedBut more calm, extinction will not happen today, but gradually we will eliminate it”, said the Lt. Col.

Valos thanks people and rescue forces for their support Mexico and Venezuela, whose joint work with Cuba allowed progress toward controlling the incident.

,We have extinguished isolated foci Those don’t offer the risk of spillage and we continue to cool the tanks,” he said.

In turn, Louis Wong, the provincial director of public health, told the press conference that The number of injured is 128 and the number of people admitted to the hospital is 20. IsOut of which the condition of 5 is critical and the condition of two is critical.

Wong said that The deceased is a 60-year-old firefighter And when the situation is right, they will look for the remains of the victims.

is about 14 firefighters declared missing by authorities In the first explosion of one of the tanks.

There are eight deposits in the base According to official reports, each has a capacity of 50,000 cubic metres, of which four have been damaged.

The fire broke out last Friday When lightning struck one of the park’s eight tanks.

The flames affected four of these infrastructures in the following days.Strategic for the country, severe explosions with flames of several tens of meters and a column of toxic black smoke reached Havana, 104 kilometers away.

for now, The Cuban government has not released an estimate on the economic cost of the event.already qualified The country’s biggest industrial disaster.

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