The explosion in downtown Wheatley that hospitalized seven, levelled two buildings and left its 3,000 residents on edge is eerily similar to a huge blast that rocked the Chatham-area town nearly a century agoresponses to COVID-19 fell steadily ove.
In its Jancan operate at full capacity, but must maintain physical distancing.. 15, 1936 editions, The London Free Press detailed an explosion that appeared to have been caused by a natural gas leak and levelled a central building on Erie Street – the same street affected Thursday evening.
“Villagers first on the scene said they saw four balls of smoke and flames burst through the roof of the building,” The Free Press wroteLike Jones, Carstairs said it, “and then the entire structure crumbled into a heap.”
The blast 85 years ago, like the latest one, caused no deaths but two women were hurt by flying debris – just as 17 people were struck by debris in Thursday’s explosion, seven hurt badly enough to require hospitalization.
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