The Office of the Fire Marshal is investigating a deadly explosion that police say “obliterated” a home in Caledon and displaced dozens of residents on Sunday morning.
At around 6:20 a.m., emergency crews were called to a house on Maple Grove Road for a reported house fire.
Firefighters arrived to find 9 Maple Grove Road completely levelled by an explosion and a large amount of free-flowing gas.
One person was located at the scene without vital signs and was later pronounced dead. OPP have since identified him as 54-year-old Joseph Westcott.
“We have gas shut off to the immediate area so the scene is somewhat stabilized for us. We have a primary search still (underway) to search the debris field,” Caledon Fire Chief Darryl Bailey told reporters on Sunday afternoon. “At this time, we have no information to believe that there was anybody else in the residence.”
Approximately 10 to 15 nearby homes have been evacuated, displacing between 30 and 35 people, Bailey said.
“We are not anticipating having to increase our evacuation zone,” he added.
Officials don’t know when residents can return
A timeline has not been provided to residents on when they can return home but Bailey said the structural integrity of many of the houses will need to be assessed by the building department.
“There are houses to the right and left, as well as across the street, that are covered in debris. Windows have been smashed, garage doors have actually…