(PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico) -- An explosion ripped through a Mexican resort hotel on Sunday, killing seven people and leaving several others injured. Among the seven dead were five Canadian tourists and two hotel employees.
Authorities believe the blast at the Grand Riviera Princess hotel in Playa del Carmen, Mexico may have been caused by natural gas from a nearby swamp. They believe swamp gas somehow accumulated under the floor of the hotel and triggered the explosion.
William Breakey of Ontario, a recent guest at the hotel, says he could smell the natural gas when he stayed at the resort.
"There was always kind of a pungent smell," Breakey says. "It smelled a little bit like sulphur, rotten eggs, whatever, in the air in and around the kitchen."
Guests first feared the blast was terrorist-related. Pete Travers, a program director at a Toronto area radio station who is staying at the hotel, says, "Everyone shared the same fear. The fear is 'was this deliberate?' So when we started hearing that it was an accident, everyone was quickly latching onto that as a means of comfort."
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