The Fire Marshal Says It Was A “High Order Explosion” That Leveled A Caledon Home On Sunday

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 Inquiries:


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



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Scott Fox and Kat Callaghan