Wednesday, June 24, 2015

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Big Bang Theory

Explosion wakes sleepy neighbourhood

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A paramedic leads a resident of the Macnaught home to led to a waiting ambulance early Tuesday.


esidents of a two-storey home in the 9000-block of McNaught Rd. were lucky to escape serious injury early Tuesday after being jarred awake by an explosion.


According to a neighbour across the street, there was a boom around 2:30 a.m., which startled her.


"It was loud. I heard this big bang and came running out to see what was going on," she told The Voice.


She said one of the male residents was a woodworker and always building and making things.


Reports were the blast caused an ensuing fire in an upstairs bedroom on the backside of the two-story bungalow. When crews arrived, a resident was fighting back the flames with a garden hose.


Mike Bourdon, Assistant Chief, Fire Prevention, confirmed in a release Friday that a combustible was involved and that the fire was accidental in nature, however the investigation is on-going.


“Chilliwack Fire Department would like to remind residents to make sure ignition sources are kept at least 1m or 3 feet away from all combustibles,” cautioned Bourdon.


Both a man and a woman were treated at the scene before being taken to Chilliwack General Hospital for further observation by paramedics.


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