UPDATE: 7:45 p.m.
One man has died, while six adults and two children escaped an explosion on Ponderosa Street Thursday afternoon, the Abbotsford Police Department has confirmed.
The APD tweeted just before 7 p.m. that investigators were on scene to look into the fatal explosion at a residence at around 4:18 p.m., along with an ensuing fire.
“APD & AFRS extend condolences to family and friends,” the police department tweeted.
The cause of the explosion is not yet known.
#AbbyPD and Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service investigators are on scene @ Ponderosa St investigating a fatal residential explosion & fire that occurred @ 4:18 pm; 6 adults & 2 children escaped. Sadly, an adult male is deceased. APD & AFRS extend condolences to family and friends. pic.twitter.com/beFoBWGLCJ
— Abbotsford Police Department (@AbbyPoliceDept) August 10, 2018
Fire crews are responding to a blaze in a garage on Ponderosa Street, in west Abbotsford.
A garage was reported to be in flames around 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, but crews knocked down the fire soon after arrival, although smoke could still be seen coming from the scene.
Two ambulances are on scene.
As of 5:15 p.m., B.C. Hydro has just arrived on the scene but the 3300-block of Ponderosa Street remains behind police lines.
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— Ben Lypka (@BenLypka) August 9, 2018