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Explosion, fire damage Medicine Hat homes

July 20, 2017, Medicine Hat, Alta. - One home was destroyed and two others suffered extensive damage following an explosion and fire in Medicine Hat, Alta.

July 20, 2017
By The Canadian Press

Calls of an explosion came in Wednesday morning, with a fire following soon after.

All active and off-duty members with the Medicine Hat Fire Department were called to the scene.

Deputy Fire Chief Lance Purcell said the main structure was a total loss and the other two houses had significant roof damage.

It took crews around an hour to get the fire under control, and another hour to fully extinguish the blaze.

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No one was injured in the two adjacent homes, while crews haven’t been cleared to investigate the third building and won’t have confirmation until at least Thursday.

There is no word on estimated damage, as fire crews continue to sift through the rubble to find a cause.

Terry Fish was on the phone in his truck two houses down, when he felt the impact of the blast.

“I heard this huge explosion, my girlfriend came running out, and I jumped out of my truck,” said Fish. “The windows were just hanging out of the house, the door, and also I noticed the gas fireplace was kind of hanging out the side too.”

Craig Carolan lives nearby and said it’s shocking to have this type of incident happen just a few hundred feet away.

“It’s pretty crazy, you always hear about stories like this in bigger cities and it kind of hits close to home,” said Carolan. “So, hoping everyone is okay, everyone was out of the houses, and we’ll get through this alright.”