Havana ( Associated Press) – A massive fire at a fuel storage base that kept Cuba on shore for a week was finally extinguished and the remains of four people, officials said Friday.
According to the government, so far six firefighters have died and 132 others have been injured in the fire.
A publication on the Presidency of the Republic’s Twitter account indicated that during a meeting chaired by President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Friday, experts indicated that the fire had been “liquidated”, although they indicated that surveillance should be maintained. Being kept in place due to high temperature and presence of scattered hydrocarbons.
The Minister of Health, José ngel Portal, for his part indicated that as the security situation in the affected storage base improved between Thursday and Friday, seven legal medical teams were able to find the remains of the bone.
The announcement brought the death toll to six. The body of a firefighter was found on Saturday and a day earlier another was seriously affected and died in hospital care. Officials reported earlier in the week that there were 14 missing firefighters.
On the night of August 5, lightning struck a fuel tank that caused a massive fire, which spread to three other containers at Matanzas supertanker base, about 100 kilometers east of the capital Havana, officials said.
Mexican and Venezuelan firefighters traveled to the island on an emergency basis to support their Cuban counterparts. Several helicopters, planes and trucks were used to fight the flames and water and special foam were dropped to extinguish them.
The eight-tank complex – divided into two batteries of four – is one of the most important infrastructure in the region, as crude oil comes from there to supply the many thermoelectric plants that power the country and receive part of . The substance of the fuel.
For days in a row, a thick black cloud of smoke could be seen that also blew over Havana. As it controlled itself, a bleak landscape was revealed: completely destroyed containers, iron bent by high temperatures, soot, and a layer of black and sticky material everywhere.
Officials have not quantified the damage caused by the incident, which hit the island at a time when it was going through a severe economic crisis with a notable energy impact – the blackouts last for hours and happen every day. – is caused by the pandemic and the paralysis of US sanctions, according to officials.
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