For Immediate Release
At approximately 10:20am November 26, 2022, an explosion occurred at a property in the Beaver Crescent area of the Town of Hay River. The blast impact was reported to have been noticed throughout the community boundaries. The Hay River Fire Department and emergency responders were onsite quickly to provide medical and fire support services. Two area residents were treated for injuries thought to be non-critical. Firefighters suppressed a fire from the explosion on one property. An evacuation notice was issued for residents of Beaver Crescent during the response activity.
Propane and power distribution services to the affected property have been disconnected. Utility providers have completed an initial hazard assessment of the area and found no major risks. The evacuation order for Beaver Crescent was lifted at 12:40pm. Full utility services are believed to be available to surrounding residents. Property owners can contact their utility provider if any questions or concerns with their service. Residents are advised to take caution as Town crews and property owners cleanup debris in the areas.
Damages occurred to several homes in the area and include broken windows. Residents and local contractors have started emergency repairs to properties. Impacted residents are advised to contact and work through their insurance company.
A warming shelter and registration center was opened at the Hay River Community Centre. Town of Hay River and Health and Social Services are supporting the centre. If residents require support, they can visit or call the centre at 867-874-6522.
The Office of the Fire Marshall is leading the investigation of the incident. Any information on the incident will be released through their office.
The Council of the Town of Hay River would like to thank the emergency responders, the local utility companies, Hay River Health and Social Services, and business and residents who have and continue to support those impacted. Our thoughts are with those working to restore and recover through the incident.
Deputy Mayor, Town of Hay River