Update: Explosion near Wood Innovation Building

Prince George

2023-08-22 10:14 PDT

File # 2023-28816

Prince George RCMP is providing updated road closure information in relation to this ongoing incident. Police currently have the area of Third Avenue to Fifth Avenue from George Street to Dominion Street closed to all vehicle or pedestrian traffic.

We have been informed that hydro in the area has been shut down and will remain that way for an undetermined amount of time. Northern Health has confirmed that three people were transported to hospital this morning, only one of whom had serious injuries. It is still too early into this event to determine any cause, states Cpl. Jennifer Cooper, Media Relations Officer for the Prince George RCMP.

Updates will be provided as the become available.

Photo of the building where the explosion took place, with fire crews on scene.

Background:

First responders are currently near Fourth Avenue and Dominion Street for an explosion that occurred at approximately 7:00 a.m. on August 22, 2023.

This incident is dynamic and information is changing rapidly. We are insisting that all members of the public stay out of the immediate area to give first responders room to work safely. The number of casualties is currently unknown. More information will be provided as it comes available, states Cpl. Jennifer Cooper, Media Relations Officer for the Prince George RCMP.

Police have currently closed the streets in a square block between Third Avenue and Fifth Avenue on Dominion Street all the way down to Queensway. Please avoid entering this area.

The exact cause of the explosion is currently under investigation.

Released by:

Cpl. Jennifer Cooper
Communications NCO / Media Relations Officer
Prince George RCMP
455 Victoria Street, Prince George, BC, V2L 0B7
Office: 250-561-3300

Email: princegeorge_media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
Website: princegeorge.rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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