One dead, one in­jured in Kitch­ener house ex­plo­sion: po­lice

The Western Star - - CANADA -

KITCH­ENER, Ont. – A woman was killed and a man was air­lifted to hospi­tal after an ex­plo­sion de­stroyed a home and started a fire in Kitch­ener, Ont., early Wed­nes­day, po­lice said.

The blast took place at a home on a res­i­den­tial street a lit­tle after 8 a.m., po­lice spokes­woman Cherri Greeno said.

“It’s fair to say the house has been lev­elled,” she told The Cana­dian Press. “It’s still burn­ing.” Po­lice said they be­lieved ev­ery­one thought to have been at the home had been ac­counted for. “We can’t go in­side or go through any of the de­bris for safety rea­sons,” Greeno said. “Fire­fight­ers are still hos­ing down the home as I speak, I’m watch­ing them do it right now.” Greeno did not re­lease the name of the woman who died in the fire, and said the in­jured man was in crit­i­cal con­di­tion. In­ves­ti­ga­tors said they were found in the rub­ble be­hind the home, and a dead dog was spot­ted in­side.

Two homes nearby sus­tained dam­age from the blast or caught on fire as a re­sult, Greeno said, while sev­eral other prop­er­ties were dam­aged by smoke. Some residents had been evac­u­ated from the area, while oth­ers were cau­tioned to stay in their homes, po­lice said.

There was no im­me­di­ate word on the cause of the fire, deputy po­lice Chief Kevin Chalk told a news con­fer­ence, not­ing that the fo­cus was firmly on sup­press­ing the blaze.

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