One dead, up to 35 residents relocated following house explosion in Caledon

Feb 4 2019, 3:25 pm

One man has died following an explosion in a residential home in Caledon.

According to the Town of Caledon, on the morning of Sunday, February 3, Caledon Fire and Emergency Services (CFES) responded to a reported house fire on Maple Grove Road in the Caledon Village Fire District.

Upon arrival, crews found a single detached house that had exploded. The town says that the house was on the ground with several other houses in the area damaged.

The victim was located on the scene and pronounced dead by Peel Paramedics.

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CFES conducted an evacuation of the immediate area where about 30-35 residents were relocated within the community, and 10 to 15 homes were evacuated.

“This was a significant explosion that will have to be thoroughly investigated,” Caledon Fire Chief Darryl Bailey said on Sunday. “It’s too early to speculate. We have very little details as to what caused this.”

“On behalf of Council and the residents of Caledon, especially those in Caledon Village, I would like to offer my condolences to the family of the deceased and to express my sincere appreciation to Caledon Fire, the OPP and Peel Paramedics, as well as our neighbouring emergency service providers who provided their assistance today,” said Allan Thompson, Mayor of Caledon.

“It is in times like these where the true strength of a community is tested and I am proud of the manner in which our Town, our Region and our residents came together to help those in need.”

The investigation is ongoing.