Fire Fighters Close Riu Reggae Hotel in Montego Bay

by April 21st, 2017

The Riu Reggae Hotel in Montego Bay St James has been closed by fire fighters, as they continue investigations today into what caused an explosion yesterday afternoon.

The explosion in the main boiler room left one staff member dead and 4 others injured.

Public Relations Officer at the Jamaica Fire Brigade Emilio Ebanks says the decision to evacuate guests, came after further assessment of the situation yesterday evening.


Due to the shutdown of operations at the hotel, guests have been relocated to the Riu Palace Hotel next door.

Several hotel guests on Facebook expressed sadness at the incident, and extended condolences to the family of the employee who was killed.

Some guests staying at the reggae expressed disappointment with the hotel being closed and having to relocate.

Other guests due to come to the hotel, expressed concern about their bookings, and called for the resort to update them on the situation.

Meantime, one of the 4 injured workers has been treated and released from hospital.

Head of the Police Communications Unit Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay says the workers were affected by smoke inhalation.

Superintendent Lindsay says the identity of the hotel worker killed in the incident is being withheld, as his family has not yet been notified.