House explosion on Reynolds Road
By Chad Ingram
Published Feb. 24, 2017
Reynolds Road in Minden Hills has been closed to traffic as the Minden Hills fire department along with the Ontario Fire Marshal's office investigates a house explosion.
Minden Hills fire chief Doug Schell told the Times the department got a call for the explosion just after 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23.
“Nobody was home at the time,” said Schell, who was still on scene at about 10:30 a.m. on Friday. “It's kind of used on a seasonal basis.”
The house was destroyed, with an excavator taking down its remnants.
As with cases of explosion or damage of more than half a million dollars, the fire marshal’s office must be called in.
“It's under investigation,” Schell said of the cause of the explosion. There was a propane tank on the property that erupted, but what led to that is unclear at this time.
“Due to the narrowness of the road, we're trying to keep traffic at a minimum,” Schell said of the road closure.
He hoped the Reynolds Road would be reopened to traffic by the end of the day.