Fire cuts cellphone service in Cuba

Published: June 26, 2018 13:25:24 | Updated: June 28, 2018 17:52:58

Monday's fire knock out cellphone service in central and western Cuba. Internet photo

A fire broke out on Monday at a technological facility in the telecommunications centre in Villa Clara province and severely affected cellphone service in central and western Cuba.

The state-owned telecommunications company, Etecsa, said that the fire broke out around midday on the fourth floor of the building in the centre of the city of Santa Clara, 270 km east of Havana. The mishap claimed no victims, the company added.

Fire brigades arrived rapidly on the scene and began to extinguish the fire, a complicated task, due to the difficulty in accessing the affected space and electrical wiring.

According to Gustavo Montesinos, Etecsa’s director general in Villa Clara, cellphone service was deactivated in these areas “in a preventive manner.”

The Interior Ministry, along with Etecsa specialists, are investigating the cause of the blaze, reports Xinhua.

The building was very close to Vidal Park, one of the busiest areas of the town, surrounded by houses and private businesses.

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