Rescuers search for survivors after massive explosion destroys a hotel in Cuba

Police and fire rescuers are combing through rubble for survivors after an explosion late Friday morning (Saturday morning AEST) destroyed a hotel in Havana, Cuba.

It was not immediately clear what caused the explosion at Hotel Saratoga in the centre of the city.

Witnesses described a “massive blast”, which appeared to destroy buses and cars outside the hotel.

An explosion rocked Havana, Cuba on Friday and destroyed the Hotel Saratoga. It was not clear what caused the explosion in the center of the city. (Patrick Oppmann/CNN)

Images from the scene showed the blown-out facade of at least three floors of the ornate green-and-white stuccoed building. Plumes of dust and smoke could be seen rising around debris on the ground.

The hotel, which was built in the 1930s and has 96 rooms, was reopened in 2005 after refurbishment, according to its website.
An explosion rocked Havana, Cuba Friday and destroyed the Hotel Saratoga. Cuban police and fire rescue were combing through the rubble looking for survivors. It was not clear what caused the explosion in the center of the city.
Cuban police and fire rescue were combing through the rubble looking for survivors. It was not clear what caused the explosion in the center of the city. (Patrick Oppmann/CNN)

Reference-www.9news.com.au

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