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Remains of 14 people missing at Matanzas fire cannot be identified

Havana, Aug 18 (Prensa Latina) The remains of the 14 people missing in the fire at the Matanzas Supertanker Base cannot be identified, an official source reported.

During a press briefing on television, Dr. Jorge Gonzalez, head of the team of experts involved in the search works, said that given the high temperatures at the site of the disaster, it was not possible to have DNA, teeth and fingerprints, elements that are used to identify the bodies.

Gonzalez said that in this process, the country had at its disposal specialists, criminalists, forensic experts, top technology and knowledge of similar operations at other times.

The expert pointed out that the Matanzas disaster was a fire of great proportions, which is estimated that it exceeded 1,000 degrees Celsius in the center, so the development of a meticulous preparation was required.

He explained that a possible scenario modeling was carried out and the first of them showed that all the bodies could have been turned into ashes, while a second test concluded that the incineration could not be total.

Taking into account the videos and investigations that were carried out with interviews and drones, it was determined that the remains of 14 people were found around tank 51, the second one to catch fire.

A map with the location of all persons and equipment at the site was drawn up with those data, which was then used during the field investigation to identify where each of the 14 missing persons might be located.

(to be continued.)


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