An unfortunate incident happened last week at Riu Reggae Hotel in Jamaica. An explosion in the boiler caused fatalities to four staff members and the loss of life of Sederhori McIntosh, the hotel's maintenance manager.
A thorough investigation is still currently underway to determine the main cause of the explosion. The hotel's management said that the staff involved were doing some maintenance work when the explosion happened. According to Travel Pulse, no guest was hurt in the incident and were all immediately evacuated from the premises during the incident.
Although the four staff members managed to escape in the boiler room, two of them are reportedly suffering from serious injuries, Express UK reports. Mr. McIntosh, unfortunately, was trapped during the explosion which caused his death.
An official statement has already been released by the management of the Riu hotel following the incident. They are still temporarily closed to provide a more thorough space for investigation, while the guests are relocated to other Riu properties. The hotel's security protocols are also now being reviewed.
"I am deeply saddened about the unfortunate accident that occurred at the Hotel Riu Reggae, which resulted in several injuries and the loss of a life. I offer my sincere condolences to the staff of the hotel as they cope with the aftermath of this tragic incident," said Jamaica's tourism minister, Edmund Bartlett, in a statement.
"The Ministry of Tourism will continue to monitor the situation and will be working closely with the hotel to ensure that the grieving families receive the necessary support during this difficult time."
Riu Reggae is a popular tourist hotspot in Jamaica. It's a five-star, adults-only hotel where inclusive luxury experiences await guests during their stay, such as water sports, a variety of day and nighttime activities, and luscious culinary offerings. The hotel is now working on upgrading their facilities to ensure this kind of tragedy doesn't happen again.