Reports say 5 dead & 19 injured in Cuba’s Hotel Saratoga gas explosion | Loop Cayman Islands

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Cubadebate reported that at least 19 people were injured and at least five people were confirmed dead as a result of an explosion at Hotel Saratoga in Havana this Friday morning.

Alexis Acosta Silva, mayor of Old Havana, reportedly corroborated the incident, explaining that a liquefied gas bullet tank, which is a storage container that houses natural gas liquids, was being installed in the hotel. According to accounts, there was a crack in the supply hose, which led to the explosion.

Example of a bullet tank (not an actual photo of the tank believed to be used by Saratoga Hotel)(Photo source: Croft Production Systems, Inc.)

Reports said that about six ambulances attended the scene and injured persons were taken to nearby clinics and Hermanos Ameijeiras, Calixto Garcia, Manuel Fajardo and Miguel Enriquez hospitals.

Children from a school next to the hotel were also evacuated.

Regarding the injuries, at General Calixto Garcia Surgical Clinical University Hospital, four patients were reported to be in the operating room, two with tibia fractures and two with skull fractures. Eight have had to be intubated. About a dozen people also appear to be missing or are unaccounted for.

The area around the hotel is currently being closed, with the closure area being further expanded due to dangers surrounding the structure.