An unexplained explosion at a historic hotel in Old Havana killed at least four people and destroyed much of the building on Friday morning, Cuban officials said.
Thirteen people were missing. Firefighters and a rescue team searched the rubble of the Hotel Saratoga, where people could still be trapped, according to a tweet from the official account of the Cuban presidency. The cause of the explosion was unclear, the tweet said, but preliminary investigation pointed to a gas leak.
Videos and images on social media showed smoke filling the air and crowds gathering in the street outside the hotel. A photo published by the news agency Reuters showed at least one body in the street outside the hotel covered with a sheet.
Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel and other officials were at the scene.
The luxury hotel has 96 rooms, two bars, two restaurants, a spa, and a rooftop pool with panoramic view of the Cuban capital, according to its website. A school is located in front of the hotel, and its students were evacuated, the Communist Party newspaper Granma reported.