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Fire knocks out cellphone service in Cuba

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Staff Writer | June 26, 2018
A fire broke out on Monday at a technological facility in the telecommunications center in Villa Clara province and severely affected cellphone service in central and western Cuba.
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Accident   Cellphone service was deactivated
The state-owned telecommunications company, Etecsa, said that the fire broke out around midday on the fourth floor of the building in the center 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.

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