Explosion and fire destroy home in Baker Brook, New Brunswick


On Wednesday morning, a violent explosion destroyed a house on Main Street in Baker Brook, New Brunswick, about 20 kilometers west of Edmundston. The explosion rocked nearby homes and offices and threw debris on the road, according to a CIMT television report.

The Baker Brook, Clair and Saint-François fire departments were called to the scene shortly after 9:30 am The explosion was reportedly heard for several kilometers around.

Baker-Brook Fire Chief Marcel Daigle said he walked past the burning house for the first time to retrieve the fire truck and that there was already nothing that could be done to save the building . A neighbor said the house collapsed moments after the explosion.

One person escaped just before the explosion and was taken to hospital by neighbors, according to initial reports. There is no word on the extent of their injuries. The other occupant of the house was not there at the time.

The fire also cut off Baker Brook’s electricity and water supplies. This caused problems for firefighters, who had to transport water by truck, CIMT reported.

According to NB Power, some 387 Baker-Brook customers were left without power. Residents also noticed a significant decrease in water pressure.

Route 120 was closed Wednesday morning but was reopened to traffic around noon.

A spokesperson for the Saint-Léonard RCMP said the explosion occurred at the propane tanks outside the house. No further information on the cause or extent of the damage is available at this time.

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