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Cuba fuel depot fire, 67 injured: hospital MPNRC News

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HAVANA, Cuba (AFP) – More than 60 people have been injured, three of them seriously, in a fire at a fuel depot in western Cuba caused by lightning, officials said Saturday.

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The official Granma newspaper attributed the fire, which started Friday evening, to an “electrical discharge” in a tank at a depot outside the city of Matanzas, 100 kilometers (62 miles) east of Havana.

The fire spread from one fuel tank to another in the early hours of Saturday, sending huge plumes of black smoke into the sky.

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Faustino Perez Provincial Hospital reported that 67 people were injured, 15 in serious or very serious condition.

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And the Cuban president said 17 others, mostly firefighters, were listed as missing. And about 800 people were evacuated from the area, according to regional officials.

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel and Prime Minister Manuel Marrero oversaw the rescue operation.

Upon hearing the first explosion, Uni Hernandez and her family left their home just two kilometers from the depot, the 32-year-old mother told AFP. They returned after a few hours.

But then around 5 a.m. Saturday (0900 GMT) they heard more explosions, “like pieces of a tank falling,” she said.

The Granma journal quoted a senior official at state-owned Cubapetroleo as saying the fire “was caused by a fault in the lightning rod system that could not withstand the energy of the electric discharge.”

The depot supplies the Antonio Guiteras thermoelectric plant, but the plant’s services have not stopped, the official said.

The fire comes at a time when the island – with an outdated power network and persistent fuel shortages – faces increasing difficulties in meeting increased energy demand during the intense summer months.

Since May, authorities have imposed power blackouts of up to 12 hours a day in some regions – prompting at least 20 protests in the interior of the island.

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