The Presidency of the country reported on Twitter that the head of Statge met with the wounded at the Faustino Perez University Hospital of that city, where 77 patients are being treated, including in critical and serious conditions. Seven of the most critically wounded were transfered to Havana Calixto Garcia General Hospital.
The fire started around 19:00, local time on Friday, when a lightning during a thunder storm hit crude oil storage tank No. 52 of the Matanzas Supertanker Base. Immediately, members of the provincial fire department and the Ministries of the Interior and the Revolutionary Armed Forces were mobilized.
Actions continued during Saturday morning with the main objective of maintaining cool tanks next to the fire and avoiding fuel spillage, for which forces from nearby provinces such as Mayabeque, Artemisa and Havana were also mobilized.
However, journalists from Matanzas pointed out that the strong wind from the Northeast blowing since the afternoon directed the flames in the direction of another tank with a capacity of 50,000 cubic meters and large volumes of fuel, setting it in fire. At dawn this Saturday, local institutions and users of social networks reported that there were new explosions at the site, resulting in injuries, including members of a press team.
Along with the Cuban president, other authorities such as the Prime Minister, Manuel Marrero and the member of the Political Bureau and Secretary of Organization of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, Roberto Morales Ojeda, traveled to Matanzas.