Lightning strike on oil storage tank in Cuba causes massive fire

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(CNN)Lightning struck a ample lipid retention vessel connected Friday evening successful Matanzas, Cuba, causing a immense fire.

"We are intimately pursuing the confrontation with the occurrence successful the concern zone. We spot the authorities of the brave province, the brave firefighters, and the CUPET workers," tweeted President Miguel Díaz-Canel, referring to the state-owned Cuba Oil Union.

Cuba's state-run media said nary deaths had been reported.

    The monolithic occurrence comes astatine a clip erstwhile Cuba faces a deepening vigor crisis amid substance shortages.

      "No quality losses, injuries oregon substance spillage into the oversea were reported aft the fire," tweeted Cuba's Ministry of Energy and Mines.

      An electrical discharge astatine the basal of the lipid tank, which stores crude oil, caused the fire, according to Susely Morfa González, the archetypal caput of the Community Party of Cuba successful the state of Matanzas.

        The occurrence did not interaction the Thermoelectric Powerplant Antonio Guiteras, the ministry said, which contributes to the nationalist energy system.

          Authorities of the province, the occurrence department, the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces, and the Ministry of Interior are battling the flames, said González.

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