Toronto Propane Fire
August 11, 2008 2:45pm CST
Yesterday morning Sunday August 10, there was an explosion at a propane facility in the North York area of Toronto. Residents were awakened around 3:30 AM to find their houses shaking and in many cases windows being shattered. Some people explained having the feeling of living in a war zone as they heard the explosions and witnessed flames shooting high into the sky. More than 12,000 people had to be evacuated, although none of the residents were seriously injured. One firefighter is reported to have died, but reports say that his death may have been due to natural causes. There have also been reports that one worker at the facility is unaccounted for. There is much controversy over why the plant was built in the area in the first place. Today many people are returning to their homes, but some 100 houses are said to be uninhabitable due to asbestos. More on the story can be found at the following link. http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2008/08/11/propane-fire.html
11 Aug 08
Hi cher, Very good question. I have a son who lives near enough that they were awakened by the blast and felt the house shaking, but they didn't have to leave their home. I got a scare when I first heard the news but a quick phone call, and I knew they were fine. If I had to leave my home like that I think I would just want to make sure that everyone was out. I can't see waiting to take anything other than the clothes we were wearing. Thanks for responding. Blessings.