10 People Are Injured In An Explosion at One Of Canada's Military Bases
One of the injured was airlifted to hospital in serious condition.
Multiple people were injured in an explosion at one of Canada's military bases, according to local emergency personnel.
The blast happened at Canadian Forces Base Comox on Vancouver Island at around 9 a.m. PT on Thursday.
Photos posted on social media from eyewitnesses show damage to one of the buildings on the base and debris scattered around it.
Gas explosion at #cfbcomox
2 people were working nearby and one has gone to hospital #comoxvalley #vancouverisland pic.twitter.com/vXGq75E3GC
— Carol Wain (@carolwain) November 18, 2021
The blast occurred in a former barracks building, according to Dean Stoltz, a CHEK News reporter at the scene.
The Town of Comox said that Comox Fire sent two engines and 12 firefighters to the scene for support but that their services were not required.
B.C. Emergency Health Services told CBC that 10 people had been injured including one person who was airlifted to hospital in serious condition.
In addition to the person who was airlifted to the hospital, the statement to CBC added that three people were taken to hospital in stable condition and six people were treated at the military base's medical centre.
The cause of the explosion is not yet known.
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