Cuba Blast News Live Updates: Powerful blast at five-star hotel in Havana kills at least 18, injures 50; gas leak suspected - The Economic Times

The death toll from a powerful explosion at a five-star hotel in central Havana climbed to 18 Friday with more than 50 people injured after a suspected gas leak, according to new official tallies.Rescuers combed through what remained of the prestigious Saratoga Hotel looking for survivors as ambulances ferried the injured to hospital and paramedics treated those with less severe ailments on the spot.Both the ministry and the Cuban presidency said that dozens had been injured in the blast but cited different numbers in the range of approximately 50 to 65 people.The first four floors of the establishment, which was empty of guests while being renovated, were gutted in the late-morning blast that sent a cloud of dust and smoke billowing into the air.The blast tore off large parts of the facade, blew out windows and destroyed cars parked outside the hotel, which is known for having hosted celebrities such as Madonna, Beyonce, Mick Jagger and Rihanna.

via Economictimes

No comments