For Immediate Release: August 22, 2018

Waterloo Region, Ontario – Kitchener Fire Department, together with Waterloo Regional Police Service, the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal and the Ontario Coroner’s Office remain on scene at Sprucedale Crescent this evening, after an explosion occurred at a Kitchener residence this morning.

The explosion occurred at around 8:10 a.m. Emergency crews rushed to the scene after receiving multiple 911 calls. Upon arrival, one female was discovered deceased. One male was taken to a local hospital and then airlifted to Hamilton with critical injuries.

As a result of the explosion, one home was demolished and two other nearby residences received extensive damage. Residents from approximately 16 homes on Sprucedale Crescent have been evacuated as a precaution and are expected to be able to return in approximately 48 hours.

The cause of the explosion remains under investigation by the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal.

Kitchener Fire remains on scene, continuing to manage hotspots. Kitchener Utilities and Kitchener Wilmot Hydro continue to monitor natural gas and hydro to affected homes. There is no threat to neighbouring areas or residents.

Waterloo Region Police and Kitchener Fire will remain on scene overnight to maintain security. Emergency services are asking anyone who does not live in the area to please avoid it to ensure home owners can get through to their residences and to ensure first responders can continue to conduct their investigation.



Victoria Raab
City of Kitchener