SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – Part of a small boutique hotel has collapsed in the colonial district of the Dominican Republic’s capital. There have been no fatalities or injuries.
On Sunday, the Dominican government appointed a commission of experts to determine the cause of the partial collapse at the Hotel Frances Santo Domingo in a historic quarter that’s been the focus of extensive public works projects.
Tourism Minister Javier Garcia says the government “very much regrets” the late Saturday incident which impacted the hotel’s reception area and at least five rooms.
The hotel is part of the French Accor chain. It was temporarily closed on Thursday as work crews dug up streets.
The government is trying to make various improvements to Santo Domingo’s colonial district, which the UN cultural agency named a world heritage site.