Numerous people have been rushed to hospital and others are still unaccounted for after an early-morning explosion at a Woodstock apartment building.
Dozens of firefighters were called to fight the fire, which erupted at a three-storey walk-up near Henry and Victoria Streets around 8:30am.
Seven people, including a firefighter were taken to hospital. Six were treated and released, one remains in life-threatening condition.
Police say at least seven people are still unaccounted for. Residents are being evacuated to a nearby community centre.
“If we don’t have any fatalities, I’ll be very surprised,” said Sgt. Marvin Massecar, Woodstock police.
At this point there’s no word on what caused the explosion.
Fire crews have managed to bring the flames under control, but are unable to get into the building to check for missing people because the building is so structurally unsound.
There are concerns people may be trapped.
Residents are said to be confused about how the explosion could have been sparked, because the building is run on electric heat.
The building manager is setting up hotel accommodations for displaced residents and the Salvation Army set up food and drinks for the victims at a nearby Via Rail station.
With files from The Canadian Press