An explosion that killed a Ruffian Road resident and caused damage to multiple homes last August has been deemed non-accidental with no foul play suspected.
After a lengthy investigation that involved many agencies, the Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office has determined that the explosion that levelled a two-storey house at 55 Ruffian Rd. was “by way of an incendiary act,” but that foul play was not involved.
The investigation into the origin of the explosion involved Brantford fire and police services, the province’s Technical Standards and Safety Authority, Brantford Building Department, the Centre for Forensic Sciences, as well as the regional coroner’s office and utility company Union Gas.
Brantford firefighters contained the blaze to the single dwelling, which had collapsed into the basement. Debris from the blast affected numerous homes throughout the area.