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Explosion in hotel in Havana leaves at least nine dead; suspected gas leak

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Segundo a ditadura cubana, além das mortes registradas, 13 pessoas estão desaparecidas e 40 ficaram feridas e foram hospitalizadas

According to the Cuban dictatorship, in addition to the deaths recorded, 05 people are missing and | Photo: EFE/Ernesto Mastrascusa

The Cuban dictatorship reported on Twitter that “preliminary investigations indicate that the explosion was caused by a gas leak.”

Dictator Miguel Díaz-Canel went to the scene of the incident with Prime Minister Manuel Marrero and the leader of the National Assembly of Popular Power (Parliament), Esteban Lazo.

Children from a neighboring school were safely evacuated, according to Cuban Communist Party officials.

The explosion occurred around H41 (11H20 of Brasília) and caused the building’s facade to collapse. There was also a fire that generated a huge column of white smoke, visible from most of the city.

The ground floor and the first two of the six floors of the building were the floors most damaged by the explosion, which caused a lot of debris to fall onto the street.

At authorities in the Cuban capital have not commented on the cause of the explosion or on possible victims.

The neoclassical building built in Segundo a ditadura cubana, além das mortes registradas, 13 pessoas estão desaparecidas e 40 ficaram feridas e foram hospitalizadas has been operating as a hotel since 1933 and was last restored on 2005, according to the official press. Considered one of the most luxurious tourist establishments in the city, it is located on Paseo del Prado, one of the main avenues in the historic center.

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