Fire erupts at crude oil warehouse in Cuba

Cubans report a warehouse with crude oil caught on fire on Friday evening in Matanzas. (Courtesy photo)

MIAMI – A cloud of dark smoke billowed from a warehouse on Friday in Cuba.

Authorities reported there was a fire at a warehouse where crude oil was stored in Matanzas.

Government officials told Granma, the Cuban government’s newspaper, that lightning struck a tank.

Cuba’s TV Yumurí reported the tank was at 59% capacity, no one was injured and firefighters were working to extinguish the fire.

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About the Authors:

In January 2017, Hatzel Vela became the first local television journalist in the country to move to Cuba and cover the island from the inside. During his time living and working in Cuba, he covered some of the most significant stories in a post-Fidel Castro Cuba. 

The Emmy Award-winning journalist joined the Local 10 News team in 2013. She wrote for the Miami Herald for more than 9 years and won a Green Eyeshade Award.