Explosion on Euphemia Street said to be caused by drug-making operation

Case has been referred to Sarnia Police for further action

A Saturday afternoon incident at a home in the 100 block of Euphemia turned out to be an apparent mishap involving butane in an alleged drug-making operation, says a Sarnia Fire Rescue service official.

While the building, which was identified as a duplex, did not catch fire, a fireball did erupt, which resulted in some 14 firefighters responding from three stations.

The incident occurred around 3:30 p.m.

City fire investigator Roel Bus said firefighters found no fire, but damage believed to be the result of a fireball in one of the units. All three of the units suffered damage, including windows blown out in the basement and main floor and the shifting of a wall on the main floor.

One tenant was sent to hospital with what are being described as non-life threatening burns. That person was later released. A second person who was in the duplex, sustained minor burns.

While the Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office was notified Saturday night, City Fire investigators ended up handling the aftermath.

By mid-Sunday morning, the decision to refer the case to Sarnia Police had been made.

The building was cleared for occupancy after an assessment of the building for structural integrity.

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