Matanzas, 20 August 2022 (TDI): The President of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel, decreed an Official Duel on Wednesday to honor the lives of the people who lost their lives in the Matanzas fire incident.

Accordingly, the country paid tribute to the brave people who lost their lives in the fire in supertankers for two days. The Lone-star flag was also hoisted in public buildings and military institutions during this period.

The Fire in Matanzas

On the evening of Friday, 5 August lightning caused one of the fuel tankers in Matanzas to explode. The partially filled tanker caused the fire to spread to a second tanker at full capacity. Ultimately, the for-tank area was lit with fire, followed by massive explosions.

As the temperature was at broiling temperature at the start, it caused firefighters to refrain from entering the area. Soon afterward, the Cuba firefighters, aided by the firefighters from Venezuela and Mexico, entered the area and were capable of putting out the fire by Tuesday.

However, the fire caused 40% of the Caribbean country’s fuel storage facility to be destroyed. It also caused many deaths and displaced many from their homes due to deadly fire.

Many countries expressed their condolences to Cuba amid the oil depot fire. Some also extended their support to help Cuba recover from the economic loss from the fire.

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Cubans remember the heroes of Matanzas:

During the last two days, people around the country paid tribute to those who lost their lives in the fire. Moreover, they expressed their appreciation for the firefighter who risked their lives in trying to control the fire.

Officials from the government also accompanied the public in mourning the loss of those people.

Remarks by Former President of Bolivia:

As people worldwide stepped forward in support of Cuba, the Former President of Bolivia, Juan Evo Morales Ayma, also extended his condolences. The Former President expressed condolences to the people who lost their lives at the Super Tanker Base.

Moreover, he said that he accompanied the Cubans in paying tribute to the great heroes too. The Former President also expressed his full support for the families of the deceased.

Consequently, the President of Cuba expressed his gratitude to the former President of Bolivia. He thanked Juan for always standing by Cuba’s side when needed.

Tribute at the Firefighters Museum of Matanzas:

On Friday, public and government officials gathered to pay tribute to the 16 firefighters who fell in the line of duty. Of these 16, two died in the hospital, while 14 were announced missing. However, 754 bone fragments were later found on the incident site, but they could not be fully identified.

On this occasion, the President of Cuba said that these heroes would stay in the hearts of Cubans forever.

Cuba also expressed its gratitude to the firefighters from Venezuela and Mexico who aided in extinguishing the fire.

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