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Cuba: At least 49 injured by the explosion of a fuel tank


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At least 49 people were injured this Saturday by the burst of a fuel tank killings (west of Cuba), where two have already burned since this Friday after lightning unleashed a fire.


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According to official media, nine people are in serious condition and one is critical. Those affected are mostly members of the emergency teams They were working to extinguish the flames of the fire. There are also two journalists.

The affected crude oil deposits, with a capacity of 50,000 cubic metersare found in the Super Tanker Base of an industrial area killingsnear the thermoelectric Antonio Guiterasone of the largest Cuba.

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The fire is not yet controlledaccording to official media.

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The country’s president, Miguel Diaz-Caneland his prime minister, Manuel Marreromoved to killings early in the morning to closely follow the evolution of the event and visited the wounded at the nearby provincial hospital Faustino Perez.

According to state television, some families from killings are being evacuated from their homes in the neighborhoods of the city closest to the affected industrial area, at the risk of the flames spreading.

A large column of thick black smoke extends from the scene of the accident, covers killings and it’s coming to Havanaa hundred kilometers.

The fire started this Friday around 7:00 p.m. local time (11:00 p.m. GMT) when an electrical discharge hit one of the eight crude oil tanks of the Base of Supertankers.

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Then broke out a fire that affected a warehouse and that at first it seemed controlled, according to official media.

However, the strong wind made firefighting difficult and brought the flames to a second tank and, at about 7:00 local time on Saturday (11:00 GMT), caused a new large explosion in another tank.


Source: Elcomercio

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