Cuba: At least 30 people were killed in the blast at the hotel


At 30 the dead from the powerful explosion that occurred in hotel Saratoga of Havana, according to a new report released tonight by the Ministry of Public Health.

A total of 84 people were injured in the blast, 24 of whom remain in hospital. Of the 30 dead, 16 were men and 14 were women, one of whom was pregnant. Among the victims are four teenagers and children.

Firefighters and rescuers continue to search the wreckage of the iconic hotel, which was closed for maintenance and was set to reopen on May 10th.

Authorities believe the explosion was caused by a gas leak while the hotel was refueling from a tanker. The first four floors were completely destroyed.

Saratoga is known for hosting many celebrities in recent years, including Mick Jagger, Beyoncé and Madonna. It was built in 1880 to house shops and converted into a hotel in 1933.

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