HAVANA (AP) — A powerful explosion caused damage on Friday at the traditional Hotel Saratoga in Havana, with no injuries or fatalities officially reported so far.
An Associated Press reporter present at the scene was able to observe the damage and the presence of firefighters working on the site. There were also ambulances near the accident.
The police cordoned off the surroundings of the classic building to prevent the passage of civilians.
The state Cuban News Agency (ACN) published photos of the damage to the hotel amid clouds of dust.
The Saratoga, located in the historic center of Havana, is a five-star hotel with 96 rooms, bars, restaurants, and a rooftop pool with a panoramic view of the city.
With its French neoclassical design, with wrought iron balconies, it is one of the most emblematic buildings in the Cuban capital.