Dozens of residents were evacuated from a seniors’ complex in Sydney, N.S. after what appears to be an explosion, according to officials. First responders were called to the complex near Reeves Street, and 62 people were displaced with one person seriously injured. The Cape Breton Regional Municipality spokesperson, Christina Lamey, stated that Cape Breton Regional Police, Fire and Emergency Services, and EMO are on the scene assisting residents with alternate arrangements.
The cause of the explosion is not yet known, and it is unclear if it is related to the recent storm that hit Cape Breton. The area was hit by a storm that left almost 150 cm of snow, and the residents have been digging out from the aftermath.
Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston called the incident a “devastating fire in an already very difficult time,” on the social media platform X. He assured that all tenants were out and that the priority is to ensure they have a warm and safe place to stay tonight. He also expressed gratitude to the staff and emergency services for their assistance.
The evacuation and injuries from the explosion highlight the vulnerability of seniors in the face of such unexpected events. This incident also sheds light on the resilience of the community, as multiple agencies work together to provide support and ensure the safety of the affected individuals.
As the investigation into the cause of the explosion continues, the authorities are focused on ensuring the well-being of the evacuated residents and preventing similar incidents in the future. The impact of this event on the senior residents and the community as a whole serves as a reminder of the importance of disaster preparedness and swift emergency response.