Gas explosion near Ottawa destroys several houses, leaves 12 injured

Eleven people are hurt after a gas leak triggered a massive explosion in an Ottawa suburb. Chris Kurys with the frantic rescue effort that played out less than 20 kilometres east of the city.

By Michael Ranger and The Canadian Press

An explosion caused by a gas leak east of Ottawa has destroyed multiple houses and left a dozen people with injuries.

Ottawa Fire Services say the explosion Monday morning took place in the suburb of Orleans, around 17 kilometres east of the city.

The blast happened shortly after 6 a.m. and destroyed four homes that were under construction in the area of Tenth Line Road and Shallow Pond Place. It is believed to have been caused by a gas leak.


Paramedics say 12 people were injured, including two children. Two people needed to be rescued from the rubble.

Two men and the two children were taken to hospital in stable condition. All injuries are believed to be non-life-threatening.

Fire crews used chainsaws to cut through the wreckage to rescue the individuals buried in the rubble.

Ottawa police say roads are closed in the area. Police are directing people displaced by the explosion to two nearby meeting points.

Police are working with the Ontario Fire Marshal’s office to investigate the explosion.

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