Cuba: Two firefighters died in Matanzas oil depot fire, fourteen others still in disgrace

Cuba: Two firefighters died in Matanzas oil depot fire, fourteen others still in disgrace

Fourteen firefighters are still missing. The Cuban Ministry of Health also states that 23 patients were hospitalized because of this fire, including four in critical condition and two in serious condition.

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Posted on 8/11/2022 7:58 PM Updated on 8/11/2022 8:11 PM

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The death toll from the fire that broke out on Friday, August 5 at the oil depot in Matanzas, Cuba, is mounting. Cuban authorities on Thursday announced the death of a second firefighter who was hospitalized with severe burns. This 24-year-old firefighter is the second official victim of this gigantic fire, which is now “under control” after the death of another 60-year-old firefighter was announced on Saturday.

Fourteen firefighters are still missing. The Cuban Ministry of Health also specified on twitter Only 23 patients were hospitalized because of this fire, including four in critical condition and two in serious condition. In total, the fire injured 130 people.

“In 48 hours, the conditions should be met to enter the scene of the fire and recover the bodies of the missing,” the Cuban Fire Brigade said via the Presidency’s Twitter account.

“On the radar images, the smoke from the fire is decreasing,” said Science, Technology and Environment Minister Elba Rosa Pérez, quoted by the presidency. According to her, “air quality monitoring confirms that air pollution has decreased” and “there is no confirmation that people have been poisoned by the fumes released”.