Windsor·Updated

Explosion on University Ave. probed by fire marshal, TSSA

Investigators will be at 775 University Ave. E. Friday, trying to determined what a caused an explosion and fire there late Thursday night.
The explosion was so violent it bowed the home's wall. (Aadel Haleem/CBC Neww)

Investigators are trying to determined what a caused an explosion and fire there late Thursday night at 775 University Ave. E.

There are few details available but Windsor Fire and Rescue said there was an explosion at that address.

James Yearwood knows the home’s owner.

He was with him just minutes before the explosion.

“We were just sitting here having something to eat. We were just there,” Yearwood said, shocked by the news the home he was in exploded less than a half hour after he left.

Yearwood said he in the house with the owner, a friend of his for more than 30 years. Yearwood said the homeowner left for Pearson International Airport at 11:10 p.m.

That’s when everyone left the house, Yearwood said.

Windsor Fire and Rescue assistant chief fire prevention officer said a call to 911 was placed at about 11:45 p.m.

“Once crews got into the basement it was determined an explosion occurred in the basement,” Lee said. “There is substantial damage to the home.”

The home’s east brick wall is bowed from the explosion.

The Office of the Fire Marshal is investigating. So is the Technical Standards and Safety Authority.

“Whenever there is an explosion we want to rule out the gas appliances and that’s when TSSA gets involved,” Lee said.

The police are not investigating. No one was home and no one was injured.

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