Photos and video footage from the scene show wrecked cars and buses outside Havana’s Saratoga Hotel
images of the Saratoga Hotel in Havana, where a strong explosion was recorded this Friday. pic.twitter.com/SJGpcuRA6T- Franco Fuentes 🇸🇻 (@franfuentessv) May 6, 2022
Hundreds of bystanders have gathered on the streets as police and rescue crews begin searching the rubble for survivors.One witness told CNN Brasil that the hotel, which is one of the most popular in the city, was almost empty due to the pandemic. Some reports suggested a school across the street from the hotel was evacuated following the explosion.
NEW: A large explosion has taken place at the historic Saratoga Hotel in Havana, Cuba.No word on injuries as a massive rescue operation is currently underway. pic.twitter.com/418jWEr6F7
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The hotel’s website describes it as a luxury hotel located in the historic center of Havana, with 96 rooms, two bars, two restaurants, a spa and gym. The building was originally built in 1880 and remodeled as a hotel in 1933.