UPDATED: Drunk Driver Slams into House Causing Huge Explosion in London
Firefighters in southwestern Ontario are still battling a massive fire this morning after a vehicle slammed into a home, causing a major explosion.
London police say the crash happened in the city Wednesday just before 11 p.m. and that investigators believe the vehicle also hit a gas line that caused the explosion.
Police say that no one was in home at the time of the crash, but seven people were taken to hospital and most have since been released.
They say a firefighter is in hospital in serious but stable condition and two police officers were sent to hospital with minor injuries.
Police say the fire is still active and has spread to several houses and that about 100 residences in the area have been evacuated.
Daniella Alexandra Leis, 23, of Kitchener, has been charged with impaired driving causing bodily harm and driving above the legal limit. She is scheduled to appear in court in early September.
Police say investigators expect to be on scene for several days.
Keara-Lynn Douglas says she was watching TV around 11 p.m. when she felt her house shake.
She says she drove a few blocks to where the explosion occurred and saw bright orange flames engulfing a few homes.
Douglas says one home was completely destroyed with debris everywhere and that the scene brought her and a group of bystanders to tears.