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Two adults found dead in Leamington’s house explosion

Two adults have been confirmed dead in a house explosion in Leamington on Sunday afternoon. However, the names or genders of the deceased have been kept anonymous at the moment. Manny Garcia, the supervisor of fire investigation services for the office of Fire Marshal and Emergency Management Ontario said that the bodies were found in the lower portion of the residence.

Leamington Fire Department responded to the explosion on Sunday evening, July 12, 2020.

“We are assisting our community safety partners, the Ontario Provincial Police and Leamington Fire, in determining the origin and cause of this explosion event,” Garcia said.

“It’s really early in our investigation. Right now we’re dispatching a number of investigative resources,” one of which is Technical Standards and Safety Authority who deal with incidents that may potentially involving propane or natural gas, he said.

A lot of debris, which was potential evidence has ended up in Lake Erie as a result of the explosion in the residence located between Point Pelee National Park and Hillman Marsh Conservation Area along the eastern shore. The remains are rambling across the property that was built between the lake and a small body of water lining along leamington. “There has been a considerable amount of displacement, then there’s been a post-explosion fire,” Garcia said. “There’s been a fair amount of destruction.”

Investigators are striving to gather as much evidence as possible while they may remain on site for another day or two for the investigation. The remains of the bodies were removed around 1p.m. on Monday. The OPP will keep the area contained and classified as a crime scene until it is determined by the coroner whether the deaths were accidental or not.

Photos and videos released on social media show the immense damage caused to the residence as it got engulfed in the blaze. The cause of the incident is under investigation.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122 or leave an anonymous message online at, you may qualify to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

Video shot by a local of the house on fire near Point Pelee National Park.


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