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Fire in Cuban oil depot leaves 121 injured and 17 firefighters missing

Body found after 800 people evacuated as smoke billows towards Havana following lightning strike at Matanzas supertanker base

Fire started by a lightning strike has engulfed an oil storage facility in the Cuban city of Matanzas, setting off explosions and injuring 121 people. Seventeen firefighters were missing and one body had been found, Cuban authorities said.

The blaze at the Matanzas supertanker base began during a thunderstorm on Friday night, the ministry of energy and mines tweeted. The government said later that it had asked for help from international experts in “friendly countries” with experience in the oil sector.

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