Ontario House Explosion Kills Woman, Injures Man

Debris is shown following a house explosion in Kitchener, Ont., on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018.

A woman was killed and a man was airlifted to hospital after an explosion destroyed a home and started a fire in Kitchener, Ont., early on Wednesday.

The blast took place at a home on a residential street a little after 8 a.m., police spokeswoman Cherri Greeno said.

“It’s fair to say the house has been levelled,” she told The Canadian Press. “It’s still burning.”

Police said they believed everyone thought to have been at the home had been accounted for.

“We can’t go inside or go through any of the debris for safety reasons,” Greeno said.

“Firefighters are still hosing down the home as I speak, I’m watching them do it right now.”

Greeno did not release the name of the woman who died in the fire and said the injured man was in critical condition.

Investigators said they were found in the rubble behind the home, and a dead dog was spotted inside.

Two homes nearby sustained damage from the blast or caught on fire as a result, Greeno said, while several other properties were damaged by smoke.

Some residents had been evacuated from the area, while others were cautioned to stay in their homes, police said.

There was no immediate word on the cause of the fire, deputy police Chief Kevin Chalk told a news conference, noting that the focus was firmly on suppressing the blaze.