The fire started Friday evening, August 5, when lightning struck an oil depot in Matanzas, located 100 km east of Havana. The situation is still out of control.
The gigantic fire that broke out on Friday in a Cuban oil depot in Matanzas, east of Havana, has been brought under control, firefighters announced on Wednesday. “We can say that the fire is under control”, Cuba’s deputy fire chief, Alexander Avalos Jorge, told reporters, hailing the help provided by Mexico and Venezuela. According to a provisional report, the disaster caused one death and 14 people are missing.
The disaster began on Friday evening August 5 when lightning struck a first tank in the oil complex located in the suburbs of Matanzas, a city of 140,000 inhabitants 100 km east of Havana. The fire then spread to three other tanks that could contain up to 52 million liters of diesel or crude oil.
One of the tanks is now almost extinguished and the fire from a second tank is belching less smoke and flames than on previous days. A smoke still as dense and black, making visibility difficult, escapes however from two other tanks but the columns of flames rising in the sky also seemed less high. Back in pictures on this giant fire.