Petrol station blast injures 31 in Cuba

2012-08-29 22:13

Havana - Cuban state media say an explosion at a petrol station in the eastern city of Santiago has injured 31 people, five seriously.

The Sierra Maestra newspaper says on its website that the blast happened on Tuesday evening when the driver of a government-operated truck struck a petrol tank, which tipped over and spilled its contents.

As firefighters tried to contain the flammable liquid, a spark that originated from among a group of people set off the blast and a "fire of great proportions."

The victims were taken to a burn unit at a nearby hospital. Five were reported in "very grave" condition.

The blaze destroyed the petrol station before being put out.

Sierra Maestra said on Wednesday that authorities were investigating.