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Child seriously injured in Brampton home explosion

An explosion at a home in northern Brampton sent a badly-burned two-year-old girl and three other people to hospital on Tuesday.

Peel Regional Police Const. Sarah Patten said officers received a call around 1:30 p.m. about an explosion at a home on Herdwick St., in the Humberwest Pkwy.-Cottrelle Blvd. area.

“The initial call came across as two males and a female and a little two-year old girl that were suffering from injuries from the explosion,” said Patten. “She received serious burns but non-life threating.

“The explosion had caused severe structural damage to the back of the home,” said Patten.

Part of the side of the home was destroyed, as well. There were bricks scattered about and insulation left hanging.

Delia Attard, who lives across from the home, said she was at the rear of of house in her kitchen when she heard a “bang.”

“Then my little one (her daughter) was at the front door five minutes later and fire trucks ambulances were all over it (the street),” said Attard. “I saw the side of the house and all the bricks had come off because of the explosion.”

Mike Ross, of the Ontario Fire Marshal’s office, said he and another investigator were in the preliminary stages of their probe to determine what caused the the blast.

“Looks like the explosion came from the basement,” said Ross. “There is pretty significant structural damage to the house.”

With his initial look inside the home, Ross said the first floor has “buckled a little bit” and “the ceiling has sort of lifted up and come back down.”

“It has pushed two walls pretty much off the foundation,” said Ross.

— With files by Spiro Papuckoski

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