Cuban oil storage facility struck by lightning, causing 80 injuries and 17 fatalities.

A massive fire at an oil storage facility in Matanzas city was started by a lightning strike on Saturday night . The government has sought help from international experts in the oil sector .

Havana (Cuba), August 7: According to the Cuban News Service, a massive fire at an oil storage facility in Matanzas city was started by a lightning strike on Saturday night, prompting the government to seek help from international experts in friendly countries with expertise in the oil sector.Thick black smoke billowed from the facility and extended westward more than 100 kilometers (62 miles) toward Havana, according to Roberto de la Torre, the head of firefighting in Matanzas.He said firefighters were spraying water on ruined tanks in an attempt to keep them cool in the hopes of preventing the fire from spreading.According to the provincial government's Facebook page, the number of people wounded had increased to 77, while 17 people were reported missing.

Although the situation is still evolving, there was no word on how much oil had burned or was in danger at the storage facility, which features eight massive tanks that hold oil used to power electricity generating plants, according to Gonzalez.According to the media, several residents evacuated the Dubrocq neighborhood, which is a little further from the tank farm.Officials said many ambulances, police, and fire engines were seen on the streets of Matanzas, a city of about 140,000 residents and nestled on Matnzas Bay.Local meteorologist Elier Pila showed satellite photos of the area with a dense cloud of black smoke stretching westward and east to Havana.