Fire Rages After 12 Hours of Explosions in Matanzas, Cuba

Fire Rages After 12 Hours of Explosions in Matanzas, Cuba


Update (1102 EST): 17 firefighters missing.

For the past 12 hours, a fuel tank fire has been spreading throughout the industrial zone of Matanzas, Cuba. A fourth explosion just occurred 10 minutes ago as emergency crews struggle to contain the blaze.

The fire began around 2200 EST on 06AUG22 when lightning struck a fuel tank at the Antonio Guiteras Thermoelectric Plant. The tank was at 59% capacity and exploded nearly an hour after crews failed to extinguish the inferno. The initial fire claimed no lives. However, after 12 hours and four explosions, 59 have been injured and 10 are in critical condition.

The Cuban Prime Minister and members of the National Assembly have gone to the site and expressed their solidarity with the injured.

As of writing this article, the fire is still in to rolled as it has moved to several warehouses  as emergency service members have had to evacuate. This is the sky over Havana.

Tessaron United States Naval Academy alumni and current graduate student in Intelligence Analysis at American Military University. Covering flash military, intelligence, and geo-political updates.
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