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Saturday, December 10, 2022

Cuba: Search for more bones after oil fire

HAVANA ( Associated Press) — A team of experts continued Monday to search through the rubble and recently discovered the skeletal remains of more than a dozen missing firefighters who recently died in a fire in the Cuban province of Matanzas. Fuel storage area was consumed.

Officials say the fire was caused by lightning on a tank on August 5 and spread to three others – burning for a week – killing at least two people, injuring 132 and missing 14 firefighters Have become.

The skeletons of four bodies were found on Friday, which have not been identified, officials said. Health Minister Jose ngel Portal indicated on Twitter that new bone fragments were found on Sunday and that they were being identified.

Located in Matanzas, about 100 kilometers from the capital, the supertanker base is an important facility for the national energy system, as fuel for thermoelectric plants is stored there and larger ships are received with imported fuel.

Four of the eight tanks divided into two batteries were completely destroyed by the flames. 4,900 people had to be evacuated from neighboring neighbourhoods, and they have already returned to their homes.

Material damage was not reported, but experts assured it would be a severe blow to electricity generation on the island, which is facing difficulties in supplying electricity to the population and industry, from high summer temperatures. has increased.

The blaze was brought under control on Friday with the help of Mexican and Venezuelan experts, oilfield fire experts, and aircraft, ships, helicopters and specialized chemical supplies to cool and extinguish tanks.

Firefighters from both countries were fired after being sentenced this weekend. Other countries offered donations such as Argentina.

At the same time, Oscar García, an official at the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment in Matanzas, reported that there was no evidence of acid rain, or contamination in dams or bays as a result of the fire, according to the official Cubedbet website.

Garcia said a lot of waste was generated that the state oil company would have to deal with.

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