Four people have been killed and several others injured after a powerful explosion at a five-star hotel in downtown Cuba’s capital Havana, officials said.
The explosion at the Hotel Saratoga, a 19th-century structure in Old Havana, was apparently caused by a gas leak, according to the Twitter account of President Miguel Diaz-Canel’s office, which went to the site.
It quoted the head of Havana’s Communist Party, Luis Antonio Torres Iríbar, as saying that officials had confirmed the four dead.
Search and rescue operations are underway for people who may be sitting.
Cuban news agency ACN published photos showing serious damage to the Saratoga hotel with multiple building layers and dust clouds blowing into the air, while other images of the scene show damage to the walls of the green-and-white stucco building.
Mother of two, Yazira de la Caridad, said the explosion shook her home a block from the hotel.
“The whole building moved. I thought it was an earthquake.
“I still have my heart in my hand,” she said.
Police cordoned off the area when firefighters and ambulance personnel worked inside and a school next door was evacuated.
Located in the historic center of Old Havana, this 96-room hotel features bars, restaurants, a spa, a gym and a rooftop pool, according to its website.
A Reuters witness also saw smoke and flames coming out of the building.
According to travel agency, The Healthy Holiday Company, deluxe rooms at the hotel can cost between £ 400-598 per person for a three-night stay.
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