On square block of the town of Essex, in Ontario, Canada, was almost levelled in a gas explosion late on Wednesday (13 February).
GV EXTERIOR AND SVs: Firemen fighting flames after gas explosion. (4 shots)
SV: Wrecked car.
GV: Gas main on fire. (2 shots)
GV AND PAN: Burnt out truck and rubble from explosion with firemen sifting through rubble. (2 shots)
SCU PULL BACK SV: Young couple describing what happen to them English
AERIAL VIEW: Damage to houses still smouldering (2 shots)
WORRALL: "The explosion occurred at ten past two this morning. The blast was strong that A large part of the block in the town's main street was immediately destroyed, and buildings across and down the street were twisted out of shape. The block burst into flames which consumed what little remained of seven stores with apartments above. Firefighters from five different municipalities finally managed to get the blaze under control just before dawn. About twenty minutes before the explosion a car went out of control and crashed into the rear wall of a hardware store in the block, rupturing a gas mine.
"The twenty-five year old driver, Ronald (indistinct) of Windsor, was arrested at the scene and charged with impaired driving. The blast occurred when the car was removed from the wall. Two policemen wee thrown across the parking lot receiving minor injuries. The driver's brother who lives in a second-floor apartment was buried in rubble and received burns to twenty percent of his body. A young couple in the next apartment were in bed, a fact which probably saved their lives."
WOMAN: "He threw a blanket over my head and the wall came crashing down and the ceiling caved in on us and we crawled out."
MAN: "I just managed to get the door opened and we slipped from the top of the stairs all the way down to the road."
WORRALL: "The explosion broke windows half a kilometre (600 yards) away. As many as 70 business premises were damaged, many seriously. Town officials estimate damage in the millions dollars. Fire officials are investigating the cause. Although a gas line was broken, a union gas spokesman says that doesn't account for the full force of the explosion."
REPORTER: BRIAN WORRALL
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Background: On square block of the town of Essex, in Ontario, Canada, was almost levelled in a gas explosion late on Wednesday (13 February). Three people were injured and damage was estimated at six million dollars (3 million pounds sterling). The accident occurred when an automobile struck a gas meter, releasing gas that was ignited by a burner in a nearby house. Brian Worrall of CBC reports.