Shortly after 1 p.m. Sunday, June 20, emergency personnel responded to several reports of an explosion in the north end neighborhood.
The Medical Examiner’s Office will be conducting autopsies tomorrow to determine the manner and cause of the deaths.
“I commend all those involved in the rescue efforts during the last 24 hours. A great number of people from Edmonton Fire Rescue, the Edmonton Police Service and local citizens worked together to rescue those affected and then evacuate the area,” says acting police chief Darryl DaCosta.
There is no indication at this point that the blast was caused by an explosive device or a drug lab. However, the investigation remains active and on-going and it may take days or weeks to pinpoint the cause.
“Our condolences go out to the families affected by this tragedy. Families of the victims are being offered support by our Victim Service’s staff and those who have been displaced from their homes are being assisted by the Red Cross,” added DaCosta.
The EPS and City of Edmonton are working diligently to get residents back into their homes as soon as all residences are deemed safe. Residents will be notified once this occurs.