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Homeowner in Hamilton house explosion charged with arson: police

Last Updated Oct 25, 2017 at 5:50 pm EDT

A house collapsed after a blast in Hamilton on Oct. 25, 2017. HANDOUT/Patrick Rooney

Police say the owner of a house that exploded in Hamilton is now facing charges in the incident.

Police have been investigating since a blast rattled a residential neighbourhood on Tuesday and destroyed one home, scattering debris around the area and tilting the building so the roof nearly touched the sidewalk.

A man who neighbours described as elderly and blind was pulled from the wreckage and taken to hospital, but police would not say whether or not he owned the home.

Police conducted a search at the home and laid one charge of arson against 76-year-old Murdoch Campbell.

No other details were released.

The status of the man in hospital was not known.