Havana, Cuba Hotel Saratoga explosion: Search on for survivors

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Havana, Cuba Hotel Saratoga explosion: Search on for survivors

A powerful explosion rocked a five-star hotel in the center of Havana, Cuba, late Friday morning – sending survivors scrambling for safety and authorities racing to try to rescue those injured in the blast. 

The explosion leveled cars and buses parked in front of the posh Hotel Saratoga in downtown Havana, CNN reported

At least three floors and the facade of the 1930s-era hotel were reduced to rubble by the blast, the news station reported. 

Police and fire rescuers combing through rubble for survivors in the aftermath of the explosion.
Police and fire rescuers comb through rubble for survivors in the aftermath of the explosion at Hotel Saratoga in Havana.
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Rescuers work after the explosion in the Saratoga Hotel in Havana, on May 6, 2022.
Rescuers work after the explosion in the Saratoga Hotel in Havana, on May 6, 2022.
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Onlookers gawk at the rubble of Hotel Saratoga in Havana.
Onlookers gawk at the rubble of Hotel Saratoga in Havana.
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Hotel Saratoga is described as a “luxurious neoclassical architecture style” hotel.
Hotel Saratoga is described as a “luxurious neoclassical architecture style” hotel.
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The explosion also leveled cars and buses parked in front of Hotel Saratoga.
The explosion also leveled cars and buses parked in front of Hotel Saratoga.
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It's currently unclear how many were injured or killed in the explosion.
It’s currently unclear how many were injured or killed in the explosion.
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Debris is scattered after the explosion.
Debris is scattered after the explosion.
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It’s not clear how many people may have been injured or killed in the explosion. The cause of the blast was not immediately known. 

According to its website, the hotel is a “luxurious neoclassical architecture style” hotel that’s located on the Paseo del Prado in Old Havana.

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