British Columbia

Gas explosion kills man and destroys home in northeastern B.C.

One man is dead after a natural gas explosion destroyed a house and damaged several others in a residential neighbourhood in Tumbler Ridge, in northeastern B.C.

One man is dead after a natural gas explosion destroyed a house and damaged several others in a residential neighbourhood in Tumbler Ridge, in northeastern B.C.

The explosion tore through the house around 2:30 a.m. PT on Sunday, leaving little but the foundations and a burning pile of rubble on a lot in the 100 block of Wolverine Avenue.

Investigators believe the blast was linked to a natural gas line that had been tampered with, RCMP confirmed Monday morning.

The side walls on two adjacent homes were both destroyed by the force of the explosion, but nobody else was seriously injured. In total, 26 homes were damaged and debris was scattered across the neighbourhood.

Dwayne Fry, who lives eight blocks away, told CBC News the explosion woke everyone in his house, including the pets.

'Like a war zone'

"The animals in the house were all scrambling for cover and when I came to, all I heard was quite a rush of air and thought it was quite a wind blast," said Fry.

Later that morning, Fry and his family went to see what happened, and what they saw left them in awe, he said.

"I guess it was like a war zone. There was debris all over the place. There was absolutely nothing left of the house," said Fry.

The RCMP did not release the name of the man who died, but the force did say they believe the incident was isolated and there is no reason to worry that any other members of the public might be in danger.

The incident has not been linked to four cases of suspected sabotage at sour gas wells and pipelines in the area since last October.