At least one person has been killed after a huge blast ripped through a busy hotel in a popular tourist resort. The horror explosion happened at the Riu Hotel, St James, in Jamaica’s famous Montego Bay on Thursday afternoon.  Jamaica is a hugely popular destination for tourists, attracting hundreds of thousands of Brits to its sandy beaches every year.

At least one person – believed to be a member of staff – was killed although earlier reports state another two people are dead. Holidaymaker Chris Ridley, who was staying in the hotel, said: “We weren’t told a great deal, just ‘pack your bags, you are being evacuated’. It’s a bit of a nightmare really.”

The explosion was reportedly caused by a faulty boiler. Sources say five hotel employees were working in the boiler room at the Iron Shore resort when one of the devices exploded. Four of the men managed to flee but the fifth worker got trapped in the explosion and was killed. Authorities have closed now closed the resort while investigators try to work out exactly what caused the explosion.