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Witnesses recount massive explosion that destroyed London, Ont. homes

Adam Frisk, Workers
Revealed Thursday, August 15, 2019 12:35PM EDT
Final Up to date Thursday, August 15, 2019 4:52PM EDT

Residents in London, Ont., mentioned their neighbourhood was engulfed in a “fireball” after a automobile slammed into a house, hitting a gasoline line inflicting an enormous explosion that levelled a house and broken a number of others.

“We were about three houses down then the building blew sky-high,” Tyler Bilyea advised CTV Information. “Glass coming out from other buildings, it was a fireball.”

Authorities mentioned a lady slammed her automobile right into a Woodman Avenue house at 10:37 p.m. Wednesday, rupturing a gasoline line within the course of. Police started evacuating the neighbourhood whereas a number of folks have been already heading out on their very own.

The broken home then exploded round 10:50 p.m. Officers say nobody was house on the time.

Resident Keara-Lynn Douglas was at house along with her household just a few blocks away when explosion occurred, feeling like “a car had hit our house or something shook it.”

“We ran outside… everybody was yelling ‘explosion’ and no one knew what was going on,” Douglas described to CTV Information Channel on Thursday. “We saw an orange glow nearby so we got in the car and drove a few blocks down to make sure everyone was OK.”

The lady mentioned once they arrived on scene the home was “completely gone.”

“The fire was, it was still burning, like there was no dying out… it just kept burning and burning,” Douglas recalled. “We didn’t know if anyone was safe, if anyone was still in the house. It looked so sudden that no one could have been able to escape, we were thinking the worse and everybody was in tears.”

At the very least 12 folks together with first responders have been assessed on scene for accidents, with seven folks being transported to hospital. Of these seven, one is a civilian, 4 are firefighters and two are cops.

One other resident mentioned he bumped into a house adjoining to the home that was struck by the automobile to assist get folks out of the residence.

“I was in the house getting two elderly neighbours and then all of a sudden all the windows imploded in their house,” Michael Peckham advised CTV Information on Wednesday. “It was pretty scary.”

The 23-year-old driver from Kitchener was arrested and has been charged with impaired driving and 4 counts of impaired driving inflicting bodily hurt.

–with a file from CTV London’s Justin Zadorsky


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