Mexico Hotel Blast Kills 5 Canadians, 2 Mexicans

PLAYA DE CARMEN, Mexico (AP) - Authorities say five Canadians and two Mexicans died in a powerful explosion today at a hotel on Mexico's Caribbean coast that was likely caused by an accumulation of gas.

They say the Canadian tourists and Mexican hotel employees were killed in the explosion at the 676-room hotel Grand Riviera Princess hotel in Playa del Carmen, south of Cancun.

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

An official of Quintana Roo, where the resorts are located, described a horrific scene in which the floor of the building was basically hurled through the ceiling by the force of the explosion, blowing out windows and sending fragments of aluminum window and ceiling panels frame over a wide area.

The resort was hosting a large number of Canadians from various provinces, including at least one wedding and a company vacation.

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