Lightning strikes oil storage tank in Cuba causes massive fire

“We are closely following the confrontation with the fire in the industrial zone. We trust the authorities of the brave province, the brave firefighters and the workers of CUPET,” President Miguel Díaz-Canel tweeted, referring to the state-owned Cuba Oil Union. .

Cuban state media said no deaths had been reported.

The massive fire comes at a time when Cuba is facing a worsening energy crisis due to fuel shortages.

“No human loss, injury or fuel spillage into the sea was reported after the fire,” the Cuban Ministry of Energy and Mines tweeted.

An electric shock at the base of the oil tank, which stores crude oil, caused the fire, according to Susely Morfa González, the first secretary of Cuba’s Community Party in Matanzas province.

The fire did not affect the Antonio Guiteras thermoelectric plant, said the ministry, which contributes to the national electricity system.

Provincial authorities, firefighters, the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces and the Interior Ministry are battling the flames, González said.


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