Calgary emergency crews rushed to the scene of a northeast Calgary home explosion on Monday morning.
Firefighters were called to a home in the 700 block of Maryvale Way NE in the northeast Calgary community of Marlborough, just before 9 a.m.
The explosion completely leveled one house and set fire to others, according to information provided to LiveWire Calgary. That was later confirmed by the Calgary Fire Department.
“The explosion was felt throughout the neighbourhood and completely destroyed one house,” they said.
“The force from the explosion also damaged and ignited two other neighbouring homes.”
Ten people are currently reported injured, according to the Calgary fire department. They haven’t been able to access the source home to check for additional patients, due to the structure’s instability. The patients were transported by EMS to various Calgary hospitals.
According to Adam Loria with Alberta Health Services EMS, six people were in life-threatening condition and four were in non-life-threatening condition. All were adults, Loria said.
“What I can tell you is that (hospitals) were all definitely pre-alerted that there was a large incident and to expect a significant number of patients,” Loria said.
Calgary police officers are on the scene and assisting CFD with evacuations and road closures in the area. CPS Arson investigators will also be working closely with CFD to determine if the fire is criminal in nature, the Calgary police said.
Enmax reported a power outage in the area after the explosion. Power was brought back online within an hour, according to their social media post.
The explosion created a large debris field, several fires and damage to other surrounding houses, according to Calgary fire officials.
Enmax has shut down power to the area and ATCO is working on clamping the natural gas line.
The Calgary Fire Department is asking people to avoid the area as it’s an evolving scene.