One person has died following a devastating house explosion that levelled a home in Caledon.
Emergency crews rushed to the scene Sunday just before 6:30 a.m. and evacuated a large perimeter around the blast site.
“The house is absolutely gone, there’s no other way to describe it. The house is obliterated,” OPP Const. Ian Michael described the scene of devastation to CP24,
Police are working on contacting next-of-kin of the deceased, whose identity has not been released. Caledon’s fire department told reporters there was no reason to believe anyone else was in the destroyed home.
Caledon Mayor Allan Thompson also told reporters at a briefing Sunday morning that no one else was hurt in the blast.
The force of the blast sent debris flying across neighbouring streets and into trees. Residents have reported damage to at least six homes including broken windows and a damaged garage door.
Const. Michael confirmed a gas leak was detected when emergency crews arrived on scene, but it is unknown whether this was the cause of the blast. Natural gas to the area has now been shut off.
Around 35 residents were impacted by evacuations. Many residents are now staying with family, but a few are being sheltered at a United Church.
Residents may not be allowed return to their homes for a few days while houses are checked for structural integrity, the fire service said.
Mayor Thompson said many local people had contacted him to offer help to those…