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Oil facility fire jeopardizes Cuba’s frail electric system

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By ANDREA RODRÍGUEZ
Associated Press

HAVANA (AP) — A deadly fire that began at a large oil storage facility in western Cuba has spread, threatening to plunge the island into a deeper energy crisis as it forced officials to shut down a key thermoelectric plant. Flames early Monday enveloped a third tank that firefighters had tried to cool as they struggle to fight the massive blaze that began just days after the government announced scheduled blackouts for the capital of Havana. At least one person has died and 125 are injured, with another 14 reported missing ever since lighting struck one of the facility’s eight tanks on Friday night.

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