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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-16-2016, 10:17 AM Thread Starter
 
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The York Regional Police are seeking witnesses and six people have been hospitalized following a house fire in Markham after a reported explosion near Steeles Ave., and McCowan Rd., Tuesday evening.


A man remains in serious condition, while three children and one female were transported to the hospital with minor injuries, according to Const. Laura Nicolle. They are “believed to be family.”


One YRP officer was also taken to a hospital with minor injuries due to smoke inhalation.


According to Nicolle, the cause of the fire is still unknown. The Ontario Fire Marshal is currently investigating.


Just before 5 p.m., York Regional Police officers and Markham fire arrived on scene to the fire at 45 Douglas Haig Dr.


Police immediately evacuated several neighbouring homes, and have asked the public to avoid the area.


In a citizen video of the scene, at least half a dozen officers are seen hosing down the residence that appears to be destroyed by the intense fire.
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2016...explosion.html

How often do houses explode? There was one last year around the same area. Coincidence? Meth labs? Hopefully there is not a third. Amazing no one was killed.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-16-2016, 12:56 PM
 
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I remember a bunch form the early 80's but they all had catering trucks in the garage

- or taxi's - early propane conversions were leaky I suppose
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Yea, propane or natural gas is the usual culprit.
Lucky no one killed in this case though.

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Yea, propane or natural gas is the usual culprit.
Lucky no one killed in this case though.
we had one a little while ago. guy knicked his gas line doing some yard work 2 days later his house exploded with him and his wife in there. gas seeped thru ground thru cracks in foundation. filled basement and boom.


Same thing a few years earlier. but it was actually murder/suicide. he cut his line to his furnace and same thing. house filled up. and boom.
I had to survey the block after it happened. 2 houses each way were tear downs. and like 5 houses away had moved from the blast.



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That's crazy Blair.

I'll stick to my smelly, dirty and somewhat less efficient heating oil...

Explosions around here are usually from underground gasoline tanks leaking and the vapours getting into the city sewers blowing up vacant buildings and even a closed restaurant one Saturday morning years ago.

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