UPDATED: Drunk driver slams into house causing explosion in London
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Police have told CTV News London that a car collided with a house on Woodman Avenue in East London. Police are evaluating the area within a 1 block radius. “Police were called to a home for a vehicle that hit a house. We’re still investigating the cause or the root cause of the explosion that's why we’ve evacuated people to the street, to Dundas for everybody’s safety," said Cst. Shayna Boland of the London Police. Two firefighters are being assesed at hospital and two police officers received minor injuries. “When police arrived a female was taken into custody. While officers were in duty of the active investigation that's going on behind me there was an explosion. We believe that it was due to the gas line. We are now working closely with fire obviously to help contain the fire. We have or are actively making sure that everybody is evacuated within a one block radius. Debris from the crash flew over a block." The female driver has since been arrested. 📹 CTV London
Firefighters in southwestern Ontario are still battling a massive fire this morning after a vehicle slammed into a home, causing a major explosion.
London police say the crash happened in the city Wednesday just before 11 p.m. and that investigators believe the vehicle also hit a gas line that caused the explosion.
Police say that no one was in home at the time of the crash, but seven people were taken to hospital and most have since been released.
They say a firefighter is in hospital in serious but stable condition and two police officers were sent to hospital with minor injuries.
Police say the fire is still active and has spread to several houses and that about 100 residences in the area have been evacuated.
Daniella Alexandra Leis, 23, of Kitchener, has been charged with impaired driving causing bodily harm and driving above the legal limit. She is scheduled to appear in court in early September.
Police say investigators expect to be on scene for several days.
Keara-Lynn Douglas says she was watching TV around 11 p.m. when she felt her house shake.
She says she drove a few blocks to where the explosion occurred and saw bright orange flames engulfing a few homes.
Douglas says one home was completely destroyed with debris everywhere and that the scene brought her and a group of bystanders to tears.
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A crazy scene is unfolding in London, ON just east of downtown. A woman crashed her car into a home and knocked out a gas line. There was an explosion soon after and firefighters are battling blazes at multiple homes. People living within a block of the crash scene have been evacuated from their homes. There are reports of multiple injuries but it’s not clear how many may have been hurt. VIDEO: CTV London