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    Fire at Cuban oil storage base extinguished

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    Havana, August 12 The Cuban Fire Department announced on the 12th that the fire caused by a lightning strike at an oil storage base in Matanzas Province on the evening of the 5th had been extinguished that morning, and firefighters will Continue to maintain a high level of vigilance in the accident area to prevent new open flames from spilled fuel and high temperatures.

    Cuban Minister of Public Health Portal Miranda said on the 12th that the fire and the resulting explosion have killed 2 firefighters, 132 people were injured, 108 of whom have been discharged. In addition, the accident resulted in the disappearance of 14 firefighters.

    Miranda said that a team of forensics and professionals entered the scene of the accident on the 12th to carry out search work. Four remains have been found so far. The identities of the four remains have not yet been determined.

    The oil storage base located in the Matanzas Port Industrial Zone, Matanzas Province is the largest oil storage base in Cuba. There are 8 oil storage tanks, one of which was struck by lightning on the evening of the 5th. The fire broke out, and the fire then spread to three adjacent oil storage tanks and caused multiple explosions.

    The oil storage base is located near one of Cuba’s main thermal power plants, Antonio Guiteras Thermal power plant. Due to problems such as fuel shortage and aging power plant equipment, Cuba’s current power supply is tight, and the country has taken measures to limit power and power outages.

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