Investigation Underway Into House Explosion in Kitchener

Posted on Wednesday August 22, 2018

Waterloo Region, Ontario –  The Waterloo Regional Police Service, together with the Kitchener Fire Department, the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal and the Ontario Coroner’s Office continue to investigate after an explosion occurred at a Kitchener residence this morning.

The explosion occurred at a home on Sprucedale Crescent around 8:10 a.m. Emergency crews rushed to the scene after receiving multiple 911 calls. Upon arrival, one female was discovered deceased. One male was taken to a local hospital and then airlifted to Hamilton with critical injuries.

As a result of the explosion, one home was demolished and two other nearby residences received extensive damage. Residents from approximately 16 homes on Sprucedale Crescent have been evacuated as a safety precaution and are expected to be able to return in approximately 48 hours. 

The cause of the explosion remains under investigation by the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal.

Kitchener Utilities and Kitchener Waterloo Hydro remain on scene monitoring natural gas and hydro to affected homes and there is no threat to neighbouring areas or residents.

Waterloo Regional Police are asking anyone who does not live in the area to please avoid it to ensure home owners can get through to their residences and to ensure first responders can continue to conduct their investigation.

As the investigation continues, we ask anyone with information to call 519-570-9777 ext. 8419.

Media Inquiries:

Cherri Greeno

Media Relations Coordinator

Executive Branch

Waterloo Regional Police Service

519-570-9777 (WRPS) ext. 8773

cherri.greeno@wrps.on.ca

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