An Ontario Fire Marshal investigator says the massive blast that damaged more than 20 homes and left one man dead in Caledon on Sunday morning was a “high order explosion.” Andrea Gaynor told reporters at the scene yesterday that the blast pressure wave went through the area at over 1000 metres per second — shattering everything in its path. 54-year-old Joseph Westcott was found in the rubble of a home where the blast originated. The explosion forced the evacuation of 30 to 35 people and investigators say some residents could be out of their homes for months.
The cause of the blast is still under investigating. Anyone with information is asked to contact Peel Regional Police, the office of the fire marshal or Crime Stoppers.
Photo Credit: supplied – Ontario Provincial Police
Below is a list of contacts for those with inquiries or in need of support:
|Organization||Phone Number||Service Description|
|Canadian Red Cross||416-676-8559||Inquiries related to evacuee supports and services|
|Town of Caledon||905-584-2272||Customer Service Inquiries Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm|
|Region of Peel||905-791-7800||Customer Service Inquires (Caledon After-Hours) and related to potential additional Human Services supports|
|Enbridge Gas||Emergency Number:
|General inquires related to residential gas utilities|
|Hydro One||1-800-434-1235||For re-energizing hydro services IF residents have not been provided with another contact point by Hydro One
Please note – Crews will need to be dispatched through Hydro One and this may take some time
|Caledon / Dufferin Victim Services||905-951-3838||Trauma counselling and other pyscho-social supports|