They control fire in Cuban thermoelectric plant Máximo Gómez | News

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The Máximo Gómez Báez thermoelectric power plant in the municipality of Mariel, located in the province of Artemisa, in western Cuba, suffered a fire on Monday night, although firefighters managed to control it in a few hours and without reporting loss of life, according to with official sources.


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According to the Ministry of Energy and Mines to local media, the incident occurred around 8:45 p.m. local time (00:45 GMT on Tuesday) in unit seven of the facility. Reporters detailed that this generation block was undergoing maintenance, but at the time of the fire it was in service.

"There are no effects on the electrical service caused by the fire that occurred tonight at the CTE "Máximo Gómez" in Mariel. The Artemisa firefighters at this time have finished quelling the large-scale incident, in the steam turbine of the unit 7", published the ministry on its account on the social network Twitter.

The Ministry assured that there are no injuries or loss of human life. "All the health and logistics conditions were created. The authorities of Artemisa Felix Duarte and Liván Arronte are at the scene," he added.

The Minister of Energy and Mines, Liván Arronte Cruz, the General Director of the Electric Union, Jorge Armando Cepero Hernández, and the Governor of Artemis, Ricardo Concepción Rodríguez, went to the site to assess the damage, once it was confirmed that the fire was controlled.

"As a result of the fire, there was an automatic trip in the system at 8:52 p.m., which was restored at 9:09 p.m. There are no effects on the electrical service due to the fire," reported the Electric Union in a statement on social networks.

Despite having large proportions, the Fire Department was mobilized throughout the area to prevent further damage as soon as possible.

"With the rapid action of our fire department and downtown workers, the fire that occurred in block 7 of the Máximo Gómez del Mariel Thermoelectric Plant is controlled," the first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) confirmed on Twitter in the province, Gladys Martínez Verdecia.

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