The Montreal Gazette, 11/15/2010
Four other Canadians, including one woman, died after the blast at the Grand Riviera Princess Hotel in the beach resort of Playa del Carmen, authorities said.
Francisco Alor, the attorney general for Quintana Roo state, identified the victims as father and son Christopher Charmont, 41, and John Charmont, 9, from Drumheller, Alta.; groom Malcolm Johnson, 33, from Nanaimo, B.C.; Darlene Ferguson, 52, from the Edmonton area; and Elgin Aron.
“This brings the death toll to seven people, five Canadians and two Mexicans. The Mexicans who died at the hotel were hotel employees. At the moment there are seven Canadians injured,” he told Postmedia News, adding two of them were in unstable condition.
“A total of eight Mexicans were injured in the blast -all hotel employees. Two Americans are among the wounded. Tentatively we are saying the explosion was caused by decomposition and accumulation of underground gas.”