Canada: Seven hurt in ‘gas’ explosion after car crashes into house in Ontario

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A woman has been charged with several offences after a car crashed into a home in Canada, setting off an explosion.

One home has been destroyed, several others were damaged, and around 100 were evacuated after a car crash triggered a suspected gas explosion in Ontario.

Police were called to Woodman Avenue in London, in the Canadian province, on 14 August after multiple 911 calls relating to a vehicle smashing into the side of a house.

According to CBC News, a gas line was severed after the crash, leading to an explosion that spread debris across the area, setting fire to nearby homes.

Daniella Alexandra Leis, 23, of Kitchener, has been charged with impaired operation causing bodily harm and impaired operation exceeding blood alcohol concentration following the crash.

The blast happened about 15 minutes after the woman was arrested.

A statement from the fire department said: “Approximately 100 homes on Quebec Street, Woodman Avenue, and Charlotte Street between Lorne Avenue and Dundas Street have been evacuated, and the area remains cordoned off for investigation.”

It is reported there was no one inside the home when the car smashed into it.

An overnight shelter for displaced residents was used by about 30 people, but subsequently, accommodation has been organised for all of them.

Firefighters said seven people were treated at hospital, including one member of the public, four firefighters and two police officers.

Several roads around the area are still closed and the incident remains active.

Aerial footage from emergency services shows firefighters dampening down houses, as the huge extent of the damage is clear.

Enbridge Gas, the local provider, tweeted: “Commending the first responders that worked hard last night ensuring the safety of residents in #OEVldn. #NatGas service to homes in the neighbourhood has been shut off as a safety precaution, thoughts are with those affected.”

Neighbours tweeted about feeling their houses shake after the explosion, and one person said they could “feel the heat a block away”.

Leis is due to appear in court in London, Ontario, on 4 September.

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