Cuba: Explosion reported at the Saratoga Hotel in Havana

At least eight people were killed in a powerful explosion Friday at the Saratoga Hotel in Havana, authorities said.

According to reports on social media, the explosion occurred at the hotel at 10:50 a.m.

Video released on Friday shows there is not much left of the hotel, which is located in front of the headquarters of the Capitol building, where the Cuban Parliament currently meets. You can hear the angst in the voice of the Cubans approaching the building, looking for survivors in the rubble.

There are reports of 20 injuries and eight deaths.

The explosion at the Saratoga Hotel, a nineteenth-century structure in Old Havana, was apparently due to a gas leak, according to the Twitter account of the office of President Miguel Diaz-Canel, who went to the scene.

Explosión de una caldera en el Hotel Saratoga, esta mañana en la Habana.
Dios mio, Terrible!!! pic.twitter.com/fkbpmyWhjg

— Leo #27N (@soyleo27n) May 6, 2022

Hotel Saratoga, Habana Vieja en estos momentos. Se reportan varios heridos entre ellos niños. En mí Cuba se derrumba todo menos la dictadura. pic.twitter.com/XV0b1oITm1

— Italo (@ElPangoniano) May 6, 2022

The Saratoga, located in the historic center of Havana, is a five-star hotel with 96 rooms, bars, restaurants and a rooftop pool with a panoramic view of the city. With its French neoclassical design, with wrought iron balconies, it is one of the most emblematic buildings in the Cuban capital.

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