Matanzas fire: Why the massive fire at a fuel depot in Cuba was not contained and other keys to the disaster

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Several explosions have been reported in Matanzas since Friday.

A huge pillar of smoke casts a shadow over western Cuba.

At least one person died, 16 people were missing and about 125 were injured in a fire at the island’s largest fuel depot that has not been extinguished nearly three days later.

Rescue teams from Cuba, Mexico and Venezuela were working to put out the blaze on Monday, but the situation worsened when a third warehouse caught fire and collapsed in the early hours of the morning.

“The danger we declared happened,” provincial governor Mario Sabines confirmed to local reporters, noting that the fire had spread to other warehouses.

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