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So a house blew up in my home town!

October 3rd, 2006 by Colin Carmichael

Seriously, in my sleepy little home-town of Vankleek Hill, a guy’s house exploded and took two (possibly three) others with it! There are lots of news links here but all the really good pictures are here at The Review.

VKH Explosion

My childhood home is less than 200 metres from the house. My Dad and step-Mom still live there, but no-one was home at the time. There actually wasn’t any damage to Dad’s house, but the house next door had their garage door blown in, and the house across the street lost a big picture window. According to my sources, the owner of the house that blew up had a gas fireplace installed on the weekend — my guess is that this’ll end in a court room. [ Update: the legal antics begin…]

It’s truly amazing that no-one was hurt (besides the guy who’s fridge fell on him). Apparently most in the neighbourhood are still not back in their homes. My Dad was back in time for dinner, but only because he doesn’t have natural gas. When the Enbridge guys came to inspect the house to make sure it was safe, they said “You don’t have gas? Really?” followed by the unbelievable “You want it?”.

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4 Responses to “So a house blew up in my home town!”

  1. Michael says:

    Gotta hand it to the Enbridge guys – even in the face of adversity they still plod forward and peddle their wares. Manager material for sure…

  2. Gord says:

    Then there’s the joke about the guy falling with a parachute that won’t open, meeting a guy rising with a question about operating a gas barbecue…

  3. Aaron says:

    Crazy. Do you know this guy? Lucky (coincidental?) he wasn’t there when HIS HOUSE BLEW UP! That’s quite a picture. I’m trying to imagine what it would be like to be walking down Main St. in VanKleek Hill and a house blows up. (OK, since nobody seems to have been hurt I’m kinda laughing now…). Bet they didn’t see that coming.
    PS So, you’re cailean, huh? Been trying to figure that out for a while. Now I can sleep again.

  4. Cailean says:

    Gord: Min just about killed herself laughing at that one…

    Aaron: No, I don’t know Mr. Boutin, but I know several other folks on the at street. Also, my Dad lived on that street for several years.
    PS – yes, I am Cailean… a web psuedonym I’ve had since the early 90s.