Huge Explosion at Historic Saratoga Hotel in Havana Leaves At Least 9 People Dead, 40 Injured (VIDEO)


At least 9 people are dead and 40 more injured in an explosion at Saratoga Hotel in Havana, Cuba on Friday.

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel said a gas leak caused the explosion.

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NBC Miami reported:

At least nine people were killed and 40 more injured in an explosion at an under-renovation historic hotel in the Cuban capital of Havana Friday morning.

The blast that ripped away large sections of the outer wall at the Hotel Saratoga, a 19th century structure in Old Havana, apparently was due to a gas leak, according to the Twitter account of the office of President Miguel Díaz-Canel, who went to the site.

The Communist Party newspaper Granma said local officials reported 13 people missing.

Havana Gov. Reinaldo García Zapata said the hotel was in the process of renovations and no tourists were lodged there, Granma reported.

Search and rescue work is ongoing at the hotel, where people may still be trapped. The hotel was reportedly undergoing some sort of construction or renovations at the time of the blast.

Videos of the explosion and aftermath were posted to social media.

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Close up of the rubble:

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