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17 missing, dozens exist sore while blaze rages inside Cuban lubricant tank farm

17 missing, dozens exist sore while blaze rages inside Cuban lubricant tank farm

HAVANA (AP) — A blaze place off by a lightning strike at an lubricant storage facility raged uncontrolled Saturday inside the city of Matanzas, where quartet explosions accompanied by every one one other accompanied by flames injured almost 80 people accompanied by every one one other accompanied by left-hand 17 firefighters missing, Cuban authorities said.

Firefighters accompanied by every one one other accompanied by other specialists were still trying to quell the blaze at the Matanzas Supertanker Base, where the blaze began all over a thunderstorm Friday night, the Ministry of Energy accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Mines tweeted. The governmeht said subsequent that it had asked for assist from international experts inside "friendly countries" accompanied by experience inside the lubricant sector.

The official Cuban News Agency said lightning hit one tank, starting a fire, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by the blaze subsequent spread to a following tank. As military helicopters flew overhead dropping aqua on the blaze, dense pillar of black smoulder billowed from the facility accompanied by every one one other accompanied by spread westward additional than 100 kilometers (62 miles) inside the way of Havana.

Roberto de la Torre, head of blaze operations inside Matanzas, said firefighters were spraying aqua on intact tanks trying to retain them cool inside hopes of preventing the blaze from spreading.

The Facebook page of the provincial management of Matanzas said the number of injured had reached 77, while 17 people were missing. The Presidency of the Republic said the 17 were "firefighters who were inside the nearest area trying to place an extremity to the spread."

Seven of the injured were taken to Calixto García Hospital inside Havana, which has a prominent burn unit.

The accident comes while Cuba struggles accompanied by fuel shortages. There was no indeed indeed immediate word on how a a large amount of lubricant had burned or was inside danger at the storage facility, which has eight colossus tanks that clasp lubricant used to fuel ability generating plants.

"I was inside the gym when I felt the earliest explosion. A pillar of smoulder accompanied by every one one other accompanied by dreadful blaze rose into with every one other accompanied by not here of the skies," resident Adiel Gonzalez told The Associated Press by phone. "The city has a strong odour of sulfur."

Authorities said concerning 800 people were evacuated from the Dubrocq neighbourhood closest to the fire, while Gonzalez added that some people decided to depart from the Versailles district, which is a little farther from the tank farm.

Many ambulances, police accompanied by every one one other accompanied by blaze engines were seen inside the streets of Matanzas, a city accompanied by concerning 140,000 inhabitants that is on Matnzas Bay.

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel traveled to the area of the blaze early Saturday, officials said.

Local meteorologist Elier Pila showed satellite images of the area accompanied by a dense plume of black smoulder moving from the point of the blaze westward accompanied by every one one other accompanied by reaching the orient to Havana.

"That plume tin exist near to 150 kilometers long," Pila wrote on his Twitter account.

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Andrea Rodríguez on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ARodriguezAP

17 missing, dozens exist sore while blaze rages inside Cuban lubricant tank farm

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