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52 Injured, 13 In Critical Condition, In Oil Tank Fire In Cuba

52 Injured, 13 In Critical Condition, In Oil Tank Fire In Cuba

By Noooracademy

Starting a fire that resulted in four explosions that injured 52 people, 13 of them in critical condition.

Authorities said Saturday that firefighters and other specialists are still trying to extinguish the blaze, which broke out during a thunderstorm Friday night.

According to Cuba's official news agency, lightning set a tank on fire and the fire subsequently spread to a second tank. The accident occurred at a time when Cuba is facing a fuel shortage.

According to the report, the tank was half-filled with about 50,000 cubic meters of crude oil and the existing lightning rod could not protect the force of the discharge.

There was no immediate information on how much oil had been burned or was at risk in the tank farm, which stores oil used to supply power generation.