The fire in the port of Matanzas, in Cuba, spreads: more than 70 injured and 17 missing firefighters reported

At least 17 firefighters are missing during the attempt to put out the fire caused by the explosion of a fuel tank in Matanzas (western Cuba)the Cuban dictatorship reported this Saturday.

The island regime has requested international help and advice with experience in the oil issue while the flames continue.

Until now,the wounded amount to 77ten more than estimated minutes before by the Minister of Public Health, José Ángel Portalwho had specified three critical injuries, three very serious, 12 serious, 20 less serious and 29 minor, according to statements collected by theCuban Journal.

The affected crude deposits, with a capacity of 50,000 cubic meters, are located in theSuper tanker base of an industrial area of ​​Matanzasnear the Antonio Guiteras thermoelectric plant, one of the largest in Cuba.

The fire is not yet controlled, according to official media..

The dictator of the country,Miguel Diaz-Canel; and his prime minister,Manuel Marrero,they traveled to Matanzas at dawn to closely follow the evolution of the eventand visited the wounded at the nearby Faustino Pérez provincial hospital.

According to state television,some families from Matanzas were evacuated in the neighborhoods of the city closest to the affected industrial areadue to the risk of the flames spreading.

A large column of thick black smoke extends from the scene of the incident and is already visible in Havanaa hundred kilometers from there.

The fire started on Friday around 7:00 p.m. local time (23:00 GMT) when an electrical discharge hit one of the base’s eight crude oil tanks.

Then a fire broke out that affected a warehouse and that at first seemed controlled, according to official media on the island.

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