HAVANA (AP) – A powerful explosion has badly damaged a hotel in the Cuban capital and officials report at least eight people have died.
The office of Cuba’s president says in a tweet that Friday’s blast at the five-star Hotel Saratoga in Old Havana apparently was due to a gas leak.
It says search and rescue efforts were underway for people possible trapped.
Photos show much of the outer wall blown away at the 96-room hotel, with clouds of dust billowing into the sky.
The website Cubadebate reported that a school next door had been evacuated.