Mexico hotel blast kills 5 Canadians, 2 Mexicans

November 15, 2010 08:39

PLAYA DE CARMEN, Mexico — A powerful explosion likely caused by an accumulation of gas killed 7 people, including five Canadian tourists, on Sunday at a large resort hotel on Mexico's Caribbean coast, authorities said.

Two Mexican employees of the sprawling, 676-room hotel Grand Riviera Princess hotel in Playa del Carmen, south of Cancun, were killed in the blast, said Francisco Alor, attorney general of Quintana Roo, where the resorts are located.

Two other Canadians suffered severe injuries and were listed in critical condition. Ten others, including two US citizens and eight Mexican employees of the hotel, suffered less serious wounds and were listed as stable.

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