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Havana, Cuba downtown skyline.

HAVANA (AP) — The search continues for victims of a hotel explosion that killed at least 27 people in Cuba’s capital and left more than a dozen missing amid the rubble. Crews worked through a second night at the Hotel Saratoga, a luxury 96-room hotel in Old Havana, that was finishing renovations when an apparent gas leak produced a massive explosion. Just steps from Cuba’s capitol, the Saratoga’s façade was sheared off by Friday’s blast, burying workers inside and apparently passersby outside under concrete and twisted metal. The explosion came at late morning when the streets and plaza in front of the stately hotel would have been full of pedestrians.


HAVANA (AP) — Relatives of the missing in Cuba’s capital are desperately searched Saturday for victims of an explosion at one of Havana’s most luxurious hotels that killed at least 26 people. They checked the morgue and hospitals, and if unsuccessful, they returned to the partially collapsed Hotel Saratoga. A natural gas leak was the apparent cause of Friday’s blast at the 96-room hotel. The 19th-century structure in the city’s Old Havana neighborhood did not have any guests at the time because it was undergoing renovations ahead of a planned Tuesday reopening. The Cubadebate news site reported that Havana officials put the death toll at 26 Saturday.