Search crews look through debris from the Hotel Saratoga in Havana, Cuba, on Thursday after the building exploded last week and killed at least 45 people. Photo by Yander Zamora/EPA-EFE
Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel ordered a two-day mourning period to remember the dozens of people who were killed in the explosion, which included multiple children. File Photo by Ernesto Mastrascusa/EPA-EFE
Investigators have said that a gas leak was the likely cause of the explosion, which occurred in a part of Havana that's popular with tourists.
Friday marked the beginning of a two-day mourning period in Cuba.
Authorities must now determine whether the famous hotel can be salvaged, or if it should be razed. Officials said previously that about 80% of the hotel was destroyed by the explosion. It also harmed nearby structures when tons of concrete were hurled in all directions.
The Hotel Saratoga had been undergoing renovations for two years and was supposed to reopen this month. It was built as a warehouse facility in the 1880s and remodeled into a hotel in 1933.
Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel has ordered that the national flag be flown at half-mast at public buildings and military facilities until this weekend.