/Massive explosion damages Hotel Saratoga in Havana, Cuba | USA TODAY

Massive explosion damages Hotel Saratoga in Havana, Cuba | USA TODAY


The 19th century, five-star hotel in the historic center of Havana is just across the street from Cuba’s Capitol building

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Rescue workers scoured for survivors Friday afternoon after a large explosion rocked an upscale hotel in downtown Havana, killing at least eight people and injuring 40 others, Cuban officials said.

Preliminary information indicates the blast was likely caused by a gas leak, according to a stream of updates posted on President Miguel Díaz-Canel’s Twitter account.

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