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Old 11-14-2010   #1 (permalink)
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Explosion at Grand Riviera Princess

CTV.ca News Staff
Date: Sun. Nov. 14 2010 3:01 PM ET
Six people are dead and at least 15 are injured after an explosion at a Mexican hotel, where dozens of Canadians were staying, authorities say.
The blast occurred shortly after 9:30 a.m. local time near one of the lobbies at the Grand Riviera Princess Hotel in Playa del Carmen.
Francisco Alor, attorney general for the state of Quintana Roo, told The Associated Press that initial reports suggest three of the dead may be Canadian tourists, while two others appear to be hotel employees. The sixth victim has yet to be identified.
At least 60 Canadian tourists from Ontario's Kitchener-Waterloo region were staying at the hotel.
A spokesperson for the Department of Foreign Affairs said officials are monitoring reports of the explosion.
Before Alor spoke about the incident, Lisa Monette told The Canadian Press that the consulate in Playa del Carmen is prepared to provide consular assistance to any Canadians staying at the hotel.
"We are aware that a number of Canadians are at the Grand Riviera Princess and are endeavouring to determine if any have been affected," Monette said.
Alor said the explosion is believed to have been caused by a gas line that ruptured under the lobby's floor.
Ray Hamblin from Toronto was in the adjacent restaurant when the blast occurred.
"Everybody was enjoying their breakfast and basically there was a loud explosion," Hamblin told CTV News Channel in a telephone interview from Mexico Sunday afternoon. "It sounded like lightning struck right beside you."
According to Hamblin, the blast blew out 12-foot glass windows separating the lobby from the restaurant.
In a video of the aftermath posted on YouTube, part of a roof around one of the resort's buildings has collapsed, and glass and debris are scattered along common areas.
Victims can also be seen being loaded onto ambulances that line a driveway.
Guest James Gaade told News Channel the explosion left a four-foot deep crater in the ground.
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Explosion at Grand Riveria Princess!

Oh no....

http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5hwS9Uz9f5EXrJ5eYXKz98CLE_YUQ?docId=5133276

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CANCUN, Mexico — Authorities say a gas explosion at a hotel in the Mexican Caribbean resort city of Playa del Carmen has killed six people and injured 15.
Francisco Alor is attorney general for the state of Quintana Roo, where Playa del Carmen is located.
Alor tells The Associated Press that initial reports from the scene of Sunday's explosion indicate that three of the dead may be Canadian tourists. He says two of the victims appear to be hotel employees, and the sixth victim has yet to be identified.
Photos from the scene show shards of glass and other material littering the hotel's lawn.
Alor said the explosion is believed to have taken place under the hotel lobby's floor.

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I just read on CNN where there are now 8 dead. This is horrible.
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Additional important information from CBC News - World - Canadians possibly killed in Mexico hotel blast

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Canadians possibly killed in Mexico hotel blast. Local official says 3 victims may have been from Canada

Six people are reported dead after an explosion at a resort in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, and there are unconfirmed reports that three of them may be Canadians.
As many as 15 people were hurt after an apparent gas explosion Sunday in the boiler area of the Grand Riviera Princess Hotel in the tourist region known as the Mayan Riviera.
News that Canadians may be among the victims comes from Quintana Roo state Attorney General Francisco Alor.
Canadian consular officials are at a local hospital where at least some of the injured were taken.
They said Canadian citizens at the resort requiring emergency consular assistance should contact the Canadian consulate in Playa del Carmen, at 52 (984) 803-2411.
They can also call the Department of Foreign Affairs' emergency operations centre, collect, at 613-996-8885. An email can be sent to sos@international.gc.ca.
Earlier reports said more than 60 Canadians were guests of the hotel.
The Mexican news agency SIPSE said a gas tank exploded and that several employees suffered burns.
Pete Travers is staying at the hotel with a group of Canadians from Waterloo, Ont. Travers, news director of 570 News Radio in Kitchener, Ont., said he heard a very loud crash and rushed out of his room to find the glass windows of a hotel restaurant had been blown out.
Travers said he heard the blast was a gas explosion, but hotel staff have not made any official announcements yet.

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I was eating lunch, in a Mexican restaurant no less, and saw this scroll across the bottom of the screen. I rushed home to see what hotel and where the hotel was. I'm so sad to read about this, how tragic.
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Wow, this is awful.........my thoughts are with the tourists and staff of the hotel and their loved ones.........
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Absolutly heartbreaking!!
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Hotel explosion?

Canadians feared dead after explosion rips through Mexican resort

Does anyone in Playa have better information?
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wow, what a tragedy!

CNN has picked it up

7 dead in Mexico resort explosion - CNN.com
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There is a thread with a few videos posted in the AI section.
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My fiancee emailed me because he's at work and he works right next to that hotel. He said there was an accident at the resort so I checked it on google and all the articles I'm finding are saying it was natural gas underneath the lobby and it exploded and killed 6 people.
Very sad, you would think they'd have detectors for the natural gas.
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My heart goes out to all involved.
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I was eating lunch, in a Mexican restaurant no less, and saw this scroll across the bottom of the screen. I rushed home to see what hotel and where the hotel was. I'm so sad to read about this, how tragic.
Yeah, we were out running errands (after having just had lunch at a Mexican restaurant ourselves) and heard a blurb on the radio, but didn't catch the resort name. Hurried home to find out more. How sad.
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