Hotel in Greece levelled after catastrophic explosion

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A large night-time explosion levelled a three-story lakeside hotel just outside the northern Greek town of Kastoria early Thursday, authorities said. The hotel was closed and empty at the time, and no injuries were reported.

The explosion occurred at around 1:30 a.m., destroying the 80-room facility located about four kilometers (2.5 miles) outside of Kastoria. The reason for the blast was unclear, but authorities said they suspected a gas leak.

Iordanis Michailidis, head of the Union of Hotel Owners of Kastoria, said the sound of the blast reached the town of Kastoria, where he lives, and was accompanied by a momentary power cut.

The 3-star Tsamis Hotel is located 2.5 miles away from the city of Kastoria and was said to have sent debris flying in a radius of nearly 100 meters.

Firefighters from Kastoria were dispatched on the scene while police officers cordoned off the area and blocked traffic on the main highway leading to the city, which passes near the hotel.

Sourced By: AP News

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