One Person Confirmed Dead After Home Explosion in Caledon
"The house is absolutely gone, there's no other way to describe it."
Those are the words from OPP Const Ian Michel, following a devestating home explosion early Sunday morning in Caledon.
. The explosion occurred on Maple Grove Road, near Highway 10 and Charlston side road in Caledon Village at around 6:20 a.m.
Several nearby properties were also damaged.
Caledon Paramedic Services confirmed the victim was found on scene with vital signs absent and was pronounced deceased.
According to the OPP, about 9-10 homes, involving some 35 people, were evacuated as precaution.
Kuljot Singh, who works at a Petro Canada station not far from the scene of the explosion told NEWSTALK 1010 what he heard.
"There was a guy next door, he came running to me and he was like that did you hear that blast and I was like yeah, felt that. The house just exploded near to the gas station."
Michel told our media partner CP24 that upon arrival, police and fire crews detected a definite sign of a gas leak.
"There was a gas leak when fire services and police responded. We don't know if that's the actual cause of the explosion, that's all being investigated."
Michel added the homes in and around the area could be out of commission for a few days.
"The blast site is going to create some traffic delays in the area. They're going to have to have engineers come in to take a look at those other houses surrounding it to determine if they're even going to be habitable in the future. The street will probably be closed for several days."
Later in the morning, Caledon mayor Allan Thompson confirmed there were no other casualties or injuries.
The Ontario Fire Marshal's office will be attending the scene later in the day.
with files from The Canadian Press