Fear in the center of Havana in Cuba, due to a strong explosion that destroyed the Saratoga Hotel, in the early hours of Friday. Around 11 o’clock, four floors of the historic and luxurious 5-star hotel, located a few meters from the Capitol, were devastated by what appears to be an accident.
According to initial information from local media, the disaster was in fact due to a gas leak and not a bomb, as was initially feared. THE at least 8 are dead and the wounded 19. Police and firefighters continue to search in the rubble.
El director provincial de Salud, Emilio Delgado Iznaga, confirms that the system of Salud in La Habana se encuentra activo en su totalidad.
➡️Hasta el momento han fallecido 8 personas y una treintena se encuentran hospitalizadas.
➡️Varias personas ofrecen donaciones de sangre.
– Presidencia Cuba 🇨🇺 (@PresidenciaCuba) May 6, 2022
The history of the Saratoga hotel
The hotel, built in the 1930s and has 96 rooms, reopened in 2005 after renovations, according to its website. It was currently under renovation. In the past it has hosted the likes of Madonna and Beyoncé. President Miguel Diaz-Canel arrived at the crash site, accompanied by Prime Minister Manuel Marrero and President of the National Assembly Esteban Lazo.