March 28, 2011 by staff
Woodstock Explosion, Two people remain missing after the explosion of a weekend and a fire in an apartment building in Woodstock, Ont., Police said Monday, warning residents community, they should prepare for what could be a “tough day.”
Seven people were sent to hospital after an explosion Sunday morning, and seven others were initially missing.
Const. Steven McEwen said Monday that police had identified five of these people, but only two are still unknown.
“We should be prepared for what could be a difficult day, but beyond that I could not speculate,” Const. McEwen said.
He said he expected staff search and rescue would be able to enter the building some time during the day – a process that took place until Sunday because of structural problems in the building.
“You’ve seen the ravages of this building,” he said. “Everybody is waiting to know what is the cause of the explosion was.”
He said police had “absolutely no evidence to indicate anything criminal.”
About firefighters battled flames on three floors of the building after the explosion 08:30.
The blast shook houses in the region.
Burt Ellis, a resident of Woodstock, was walking his dog a few blocks away when he heard “an enormous boost.”
“It was like a bomb has exploded,” said Ellis. “And then all I could see was a thick black smoke was escaping straight into the sky.”
None of those taken to hospital suspected of fatally injured.
Among the injured was a firefighter, who suffered a broken leg.
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