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Fire in Cuban oil depot leaves 121 injured and 17 firefighters missing

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Fire started by a lightning strike has engulfed an oil storage facility in the Cuban city of Matanzas, setting off explosions and injuring 121 people. Seventeen firefighters were missing and one body had been found, Cuban authorities said.

The blaze at the Matanzas supertanker base began during a thunderstorm on Friday night, the ministry of energy and mines tweeted. The government said later that it had asked for help from international experts in “friendly countries” with experience in the oil sector.

The official Cuban news agency said lightning hit one tank, starting a fire, and the blaze later spread to a second tank. As military helicopters flew overhead dropping water on the blaze, a dense column of black smoke billowed from the facility and spread westward more than 100km (62 miles) toward Havana.


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Some updates.. 

Cuba's worst ever fire brought under control after burning for 5 days at oil depot, officials say: https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/09/americas/matanzas-cuba-worst-fire-intl-hnk/index.html

Devastating fire may force Cuba to resort to floating oil storage: https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/devastating-fire-may-force-cuba-resort-floating-oil-storage-2022-08-08/

Oil facility fire jeopardizes Cuba’s frail electric system: https://apnews.com/article/cuba-fires-caribbean-havana-83fada3ae9c902d311fcc260635168b4

Cuba’s enormous blaze fuels fears of instability even as flames are doused: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/aug/10/cuba-fire-government-power-cuts


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Outside of the loss of lives, there is still so much damage and loss. 

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