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Oil Spill from Second Tank Causes Fire in Cuba

9 August 2022 00:44

Oil spilling from a second tank caused a huge column of fire in an oil storage area in the Cuban City of Matanzas.

Strong explosions shown on state television, occurred shortly before midnight, on Sunday. Cuban firefighters were joined by special teams sent by Mexico and Venezuela on Sunday as they battled for a second day to control a fire blazing at a big oil tank farm in the Western Province of Matanzas.

The blaze began Friday night when lightning struck a storage tank during a thunderstorm and the fire spread to a second tank early Saturday triggering a series of explosions. Authorities said a body found at the site Saturday had been identified as firefighter Juan Carlos Santana. 

A total of 122 people were treated for injuries including five that officials said were in critical condition.