Fire in fuel tanks in Cuba leaves at least 17 missing and almost 80 injured in Cuba

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A large plume of smoke from the site of the fire can be seen from afar in Matanzas, Cuba.

Photo: Ramon Espinosa/AP/Picture Alliance / Deutsche Welle

A fire caused by lightning on Friday when it hit a fuel depot in Matanzas, in western Cuba, spread to a second tank at dawn this Saturday and so far leaves at least 17 missing and 77 injured by burns.

According to the Faustino Pérez provincial hospital, three of the injured are in critical condition, another three very serious and 12 serious.

The presidency explained that the missing are “firefighters who were in the area closest” to the fire.

Likewise, there are around 800 evacuees, indicated the governor of Matanzas, Mario Sabines Lorenzo.

The fire broke out on Friday afternoon after lightning struck one of the tanks at the supertanker base located on the outskirts of Matanzas, about 90 kilometers east of Havana, at 7:00 p.m. local time. At 05:00 am this Saturday the fire spread to a second warehouse.

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