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August 30, 2012
Gas station blast injures 31 in Cuba; 5 'grave'
The Associated Press
HAVANA — An explosion ripped through a gas station in the eastern city of Santiago, injuring 31 people, including five seriously, Cuban state media reported Wednesday.
The blast happened Tuesday evening when the driver of a government-operated truck struck a gas tank, which tipped over and spilled its contents, the Sierra Maestra newspaper said on its website.
"Even as firefighters urgently tried to contain the spill, specialists agree that among a group of people nearby, a spark originated that ignited the spill and the fire extended to the tanks, causing the explosion," Sierra Maestra said.
State television broadcast images of a completely charred gas station, but the blaze was extinguished before it could spread to other buildings.
The victims were taken to a burn unit at a nearby hospital, and five were in "very grave condition," Sierra Maestra added.