Garage explosion rocks houses, cuts power
This was the scene on Sunday night, as police, fire and ambulance services were summoned to a garage explosion on North St. in Kapuskasing.
Super Bowl Sunday 2018, will be remembered in different ways by many people. Some will remember it as the night the Philadelphia Eagles won their first championship.
For a great number of Model Towners however, it will be remembered as the day their houses were shaken by a garage explosion at the home of Brian Cove and Kandy Janes-Rhyno on Golf St.
At approximately 10 p.m. on Sunday night, Kapuskasing officers of the OPP and the Kapuskasing Fire Department were advised of the explosion.
The couple’s son Nick Rhyno, reported on The Northern Times’ Facebook page that the cause of garage blast was tied to natural gas.
Deputy Fire Chief Pat Kennedy however, said that as of this time, it appeared as though the gas leak was caused by the explosion and that further investigation would be required to determine if it was the cause of the explosion.
“The cause of the explosion is under investigation. A forensic investigator and an engineer from the Office of the Fire Marshall are on their way,” he commented. “When I got there, the meter was broken off of the house and that’s what was shut off.
“The concussion of the explosion was significant. There’s a lot of damage. The main thing is that no one was hurt. Everyone that was in that area last night had someone watching over them, because it could have been a lot worse.”
“I was watching the game and all of the sudden there was a thunderous boom and the whole house shook. The force of the explosion blew the hinges off of my garage door and forced the door open. I think there may be some structural damage too,” said one witness, who lives in a neighbouring house and spoke to The Times at the scene. “When I went outside to see what was going on and if anyone was hurt there was a very powerful smell of natural gas.”
Reports have surfaced on The Northern Times’ Facebook page that the shockwave from the blast was felt by a large segment of the municipality’s population.
A number of residences also lost power for a period of time.
Police evacuated all of North Street as well as parts of Golf Street and De L'Etang Boulevard.
Anyone requiring assistance can attend the Civic Centre located at 88 Riverside Drive.
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