Explosion rocks London, Ont., townhouse complex

London firefighters were called back to the scene of the townhouse explosion Saturday morning....

London firefighters were called back to the scene of the townhouse explosion Saturday morning. Investigators were still unable to enter the building because the structure was considered too dangerous. John Miner/The London Free Press/ QMI Agency

Jonathan Sher, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:06 PM ET

LONDON, Ont. -- Firefighters returned Saturday to the scene of an explosion that ripped open the second floor of a south London townhouse Friday night.

The ruins of the second floor continued to smoulder, keeping investigators out of the heavily damaged structure.

"We can't get in there because of the structural damage. You don't want to get crews injured," said District Chief Kirk Loveland.

The blast about 8:15 p.m. shook units as far away as 35 metres and Const. Danielle Wright said "there's definitely a person of interest seen fleeing from the scene."

Wright didn't rule out that a meth lab was involved in the explosion

By the time paramedics, firefighters and police arrived at the subsidized public housing complex, no one was in the unit and no injured were reported, Middlesex-London EMS says.

Natural gas was not involved — Union Gas says it wasn’t called to the scene Friday.

 


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