Explosion at Cuba’s Hotel Saratoga leaves at least 4 dead, official says

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A massive explosion at the Hotel Saratoga in Havana, Cuba on Friday has left at least 4 dead, the country’s government says. 

Search and rescue operations at the luxury property – where up to 13 are reported missing – remain ongoing as “people may still be trapped,” it added. 

Rescuers work after an explosion in the Hotel Saratoga in Havana, Cuba, on Friday, May 6. 
(ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP via Getty Images)

“Preliminary investigations indicate that the explosion was caused by a gas leak,” Cuba’s government said in a tweet. 

Images posted on social media showed part of the exterior of the hotel completely destroyed, revealing the insides of its rooms. 

The five-star Hotel Saratoga is heavily damaged after an explosion in Old Havana, Cuba, on Friday, May 6.

Videos showed smoke billowing into the sky as a crowd gathered to survey the destruction. 

The five-star property has 96 rooms, according to the Associated Press. 

Rescuers work following the explosion on Friday, May 6.
(ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP via Getty Images)

“The investigations continue and everything indicates that the explosion was caused by an accident,” Cuba’s government said. 

Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez is seen in front of the Hotel Saratoga following the explosion.
(Office of the President of Cuba)

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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