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Seven Killed in Mexico Hotel Explosion

Mexican Red Cross rescuers check a damaged area of the Grand Riviera Princess Hotel in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo state, Mexico, Sunday Nov. 14, 2010.

Mexican authorities say an apparent gas explosion at a hotel on the country's Caribbean coast has killed seven people, including five Canadian tourists.

State Attorney General Francisco Alor says two of the dead were employees of the hotel.

Sunday's explosion occurred at the Grand Riviera Princess hotel in the beach resort of Playa del Carmen, which is located in Quintana Roo state.

Officials say about 20 people were injured, including several Canadians, two U.S. citizens and eight Mexicans who worked at the hotel.

Officials say the explosion was caused by natural gas which had accumulated beneath the building. The blast caused a large crater and blew out windows.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.