The flames that from this Friday devour two fuel tanks at the Matanzas Supertanker Base I know increased in the last few hours and at the same time they are registered new explosions in the areaalthough it is not yet specified if a third tank has been affected.
According to Cuban Television Information System conditions have changed in the place of the firewhere an increase in the amount of toxic smoke is also reported, although its black color is relatively favorable because it means that the combustion in the two tanks has decreased that are already damaged.
The official journalist Abdiel Bermpudez Bermúdez stressed that the strategy remains the same: try to contain the flames and prevent them from spreading to other fuel tanks. For them, firefighters, rescuers and CUPET specialists work on cooling the damaged tanks and covering the passage between these containers and the generator sets that are installed at the Supertanker Base with aggregates.
To contribute to this indication Air Force pilots joinedspecifically a crew from Villa Clara, who, aboard helicopters and some small planes, have been throwing water from the Matanzas bay on the fire.
The state press pointed out that it has not been possible to confirm if there are damages in the third fuel tank, which is right next to the other two. Each of these deposits has an approximate diameter of 100 meters. The first to explode had 26,000 cubic meters of domestic crude, while the second stored fuel from abroad.
The direction of the wind drives the flames towards the third and fourth tanks, so the danger of their exploding is imminent. While, the work of the Matanzas rescuers continueswho are being joined by specialists and members of the Red Cross from other provinces.
Until now, the fire has caused injuries to 121 people, nine of which were transferred to the General Calixto García Surgical Clinical University Hospital. It was also reported the death of a young firefighterwhose body was recovered in the morning hours but his identity has not been revealed.
remain missing another 17 firefighters that they were in the area trying to contain the fire in the first tank when the second explosion occurred. The authorities They ordered the immediate evacuation of the neighbors and the use of sanitary masks. before the expansion of the toxic smoke given off by the flames.
Alarmed by the powerful sinister, the Cuban government requested help from “friendly countries” experienced in handling these types of circumstances. The Joe Biden administration was one of the first to respond and assured that “United States law authorizes US entities and organizations to provide aid and response to disasters in Cuba.”
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador also said he would send specialists from the Petróleos de México Group (PEMEX) to help the Cubans in the work of extinguishing the fire.
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