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Latino Daily News

Saturday September 8, 2012

6 Die of Burns After Truck Crashed into Gas Station in Cuba

6 Die of Burns After Truck Crashed into Gas Station in Cuba

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Six of the 32 people hurt last week in a fire at a gas station in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba have died, Cuban official media said Friday.

Of the 17 people who remain hospitalized after the blaze, eight are in critical condition and three others are listed as “very serious,” according to Sierra Maestra, the official Communist Party daily in Santiago de Cuba.

Most of the dead succumbed to “generalized infections” arising from severe burns, the newspaper said.

The surviving injured people range in age from 16 to 49.

The fire started the night of Aug. 28 when “a state truck collided with one of the gasoline pumps” at the service station in Santiago, Cuba’s second city, located about 950 kilometers (590 miles) east of Havana.

The crash caused a fuel spill, with experts concluding that spark from a nearby motorcycle may have ignited the gasoline, state television said.