Grand Riviera Princess, Playa Del Carmen Blast Kills 7By Swatilekha Paul, Gaea News Network
Monday, November 15, 2010
PLAYA DEL CARMEN, MEXICO (GaeaTimes.com)- For people residing at the Grand Riviera Princess hotel which is located in the Mexican resort city of Playa del Carmen, holiday mood turned into their worst nightmare when an explosion ripped through the resort claiming seven lives. According to Mexican authorities, as many as seven people which includes a minor have been killed in the blast while around seventeen suffered major injuries apart from the extensive damage that has been caused to the hotel.
The office of the state attorney general of Quintana Roo, Francisco Alor Quezada has divulged that the injured include two employees of the Grand Riviera Princess hotel while the remaining five were Canadian tourists. Although details about the circumstances that led to the explosion at the resort hotel in Playa del Carmen still remains sketchy, the office of the state attorney general has hinted that a natural gas buildup was created beneath the lobby of the hotel which sparked the blast after it was ignited. However, a thorough probe has been initiated to ascertain the cause of the explosion at the resort hotel.
Officials at the Grand Riviera Princess hotel have told reporters that the blast took place at around 9 on Sunday morning in the lobby of the hotel. Following the explosion, emergency personnels and rescue officials rushed the scene without any kind of delay and transferred the injured to the nearby medical facilities where preliminary treatment was administered to them. Earlier on, police commander Arturo Guillermo had said that blast at the hotel in Playa del Carmen was triggered by a stove explosion in its kitchen.