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Monday, April 20, 2015

Live updates: Scarborough's Brimley Road and Steeles Avenue area; Sydney Storm

BREAKING: 215,000 homes & businesses in Sydney, Central Coast, Hunter regions of NSW without power as @Ausgrid carry out emergency repairs. 'There's nothing standing': 1 dead after Scarborough home explosion Extended: Viewer dashcam captures blast In this CP24 exclusive, a driver in the neighbourhood caught the moment of the deadly explosion on his car's dash camera. Extended: Aerial of destruction after explosion The CTV News chopper flies over the scene of a house explosion that left debris strewn through a Scarborough neighbourhood and one man dead. CTV Toronto: Deadly Scarborough explosion A man has died after a house exploded in Scarborough's Brimley Road and Steeles Avenue area. CTV Toronto Published Monday, April 20, 2015 5:26PM EDT Last Updated Monday, April 20, 2015 9:53PM EDT One man has died and a woman suffered minor injuries after an explosion levelled a home near Brimley Road and Steeles Avenue in Scarborough on Monday afternoon. The incident occurred at 3356 Brimley Rd., just north of Eagledance Drive shortly before 4:30 p.m. One man, who was a resident of the home, was found without vital signs at the scene and has been pronounced dead, Toronto Paramedic Services say. Toronto house explosion Explosion DE Deadly Scarborough house explosion Share your images via MyNews Police have identified the victim as 57-year-old Paul Zigomanis. One woman was also treated for an injury to her hand at the scene. The home was completely destroyed and at least 12 others have been damaged, Toronto Fire Services say. Photographs and videos from the scene show that nothing remains of the two-storey house. Debris has been scattered across the area, covering trees and neighbouring homes. One firefighter at the scene told CP24 that the scene resembled a "war zone." "It's completely demolished," Toronto Fire Services Division Commander Len Stadler said. "There's nothing standing." Toronto police Insp. David Vickers said the blast had caused "all kinds of damage" to surrounding properties. Toronto Fire Services say that there is a natural gas leak in the area and 17 nearby homes have been evacuated. Crews are working to shut off the leak. Toronto police says that Enbridge Gas is at the scene. Rescue workers have been forced to delay their search of the wreckage until the gas leak has stopped. Once the issue has been resolved, firefighters will be able to comb the debris and look for others who many have been injured in the explosion. "There is just a hole in the ground," Toronto fire Capt. Adrian Ratushniak told The Canadian Press. "But we'll be here all night until we have search every inch of this place," he added. No one has been reported missing, police say. The cause of the explosion has yet to be determined. An investigator from the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal is expected to travel from Sudbury to inspect the scene. Toronto Transit Commission buses are being used to shelter displaced residents. "We're securing the homes and doing the best we can to help with the residents here," Vickers said. Anyone with information about the explosion is being asked to contact the 42 Division of the Toronto police at 416-808-4202. ======================= School safety Severe Weather Warning http://toronto.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=596128&playlistId=1.2336504&binId=1.815892&playlistPageNum=1&binPageNum=1 A severe weather warning has been issued for damaging and locally destructive winds, damaging winds, heavy rainfall and damaging surf for people in the Metropolitan, Hunter and Illawarra forecast districts. Listed below are the NSW Public Schools which have temporarily ceased operations for Tuesday 21 April 2015. Shared Service Centre, Newcastle, Newcastle Office, Tamworth Office and Maitland Office has also temporarily ceased operations for Tuesday 21 April 2015. NSW Public Schools • Ashtonfield Public School • Awaba Public School • Bateau Bay Public School • Bellbird Public School • Belmont Public School • Belmont High School • Belmont North Public School • Biddabah Public School • Bilpin Public School • Biraban Public School • Black Hill Public School • Bolwarra Public School • Bondi Public School • Booral Public School • Cardiff Public School • Cardiff South Public School • Carrington Public School • Caves Beach Public School • Central Mangrove Public School • Cessnock Public School • Clarence Town Public School • Charlestown Public School • Charlestown East Public School • Charlestown South Public School • Chittaway Bay Public School • Cungewai Public School • Edgeworth Public School • Eleebana Public School • Elermore Vale Public School • Empire Bay Public School • Dora Creek Public School • Dungog Public School • Fennell Bay Public School • Floraville Public School • Garden Suburb Public School • Glen William Public School • Glendale High School • Glendale Technology High School • Gresford Public School • Greta Public School • Hillsborough Public School • Hinton Public School • Hunter Sports High School • Hunter School of Performing Arts • Iona Public School • Kangaloon Public School • Kirkton Public School • Kulnura Public School • Kurrajong North Public School • Lakeside School • Lake Macquarie High School • Lisarow Public School • Lochinvar Public School • Macdonald Valley Public School • Maitland Grossman High School • Maitland High School • Maitland Public School • Martins Creek Public School • Minmi Public School • Morisset High School • Morisset Public School • Morpeth Public School • Mount Hutton Public School • Mulbring Public School • Newcastle Middle School • Newcastle Junior School • Newcastle East Public School • Nillo Infants School • Peats Ridge Public School • Pelaw Main Public School • Pelican Flat Public School • Pretty Beach Public School • Redhead High School • Rutherford Technology High School • Seaham Public School • Singleton High School • Somersby Public School • Speers Point Public School • Stroud Public School • Stroud Road Public School • Swansea Public School • Tarro Public School • Telarah Public School • Tenambit Public School • Teralba Public School • The Junction Public School • Toronto High School • Toronto Public School • Tuggerawong Public School • Wakefield School • Wangi Wangi Public School • Waratah West Public School • Warners Bay Public School • Warners Bay High School • West Wallsend High School • Whitebridge High School • Windale Public School • Wingello Public School • Wiripaang Public School • Woodberry Learning Centre • Woodberry Public School • Wyoming Public School TAFE NSW TAFE Hunter Institute - All campuses are non-operational Office of Communities All Office of Communities sites are operational. Weather warnings received Severe weather warning A severe weather warning has been issued for damaging and locally destructive winds, damaging winds, heavy rainfall and damaging surf for people in the Metropolitan, Hunter and Illawarra forecast districts. This section is updated by DEC upon receipt of advice from the State Emergency Operations Centre. Please also refer to the Bureau of Meteorology site for up-to-date weather warnings. Bush Fire Fire danger rating Managing the risks of bushfire The Department has conducted assessments of all NSW Government schools, TAFE colleges and campuses, and Office of Communities facilities and venues in bush fire prone areas to determine the level of risk for bushfire. Department facilities located in bushfire prone areas plan and prepare for the bushfire season. Our facilities monitor local conditions during the bushfire season, particularly when there is bushfire activity in the local area. Facilities in bushfire prone areas at an increased risk Department facilities that have been assessed at an increased risk are identified on a bushfire register. These facilities will have alternate arrangements in place if a catastrophic fire danger rating is issued for their location. Information on alternate arrangements in the event of bushfire is available for parents and carers from your school, college or campus, or sport and recreation venue. Please search for your school or site on the DEC bushfire register below:

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