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'I was just hoping everyone was okay': Witness describes scene at house explosion

Jamie Compton and three others helped the injured man to safety
Sprucedale August 23 2018
A look at the scene on Sprucedale Crescent on Thursday, August 23, 2018. Jeff Pickel/KitchenerToday

It was curiosity that brought Jamie Compton to the site of Wednesday morning's house explosion in Kitchener.

He did a U turn upon seeing smoke coming from the Westheights neighbourhood.

"When I got there, I was like, okay I might have to help ... but at the same time I only got to see like what was going on, originally. And then when I got into the backyard, that's when I started to feel, this is where I need to start helping," said Compton.

"There was a lot of adrenaline and a lot was going through my mind. At first, when I seen (saw) that it was a home and that it was gone, I was just hoping everyone was okay." Compton told The Mike Farwell Show on 570 NEWS.

A woman was killed in the explosion on Sprucedale Crescent, while a man remains in a Hamilton hospital with critical injuries.

Compton started filming a dramatic video of the scene, which he later posted to Facebook, but stopped filming that video when he became involved in the rescue operation.

He and three others ended up helping the man who was injured in the explosion - "He was in bad shape, for sure." 

Compton says he did feel in danger when he and another man jumped the fence of the home where the blast occurred, to try and get to the female victim.

"It was hot, it was really hot. The other individual that was with me ... he hopped back over as well. We didn't stay that long, we didn't feel safe at all." he explained.

Compton says he feels nervous today.

"I went through the drive thru, everyone is thanking me ... I don't feel ... everyone is saying hero, I don't feel much of that. But I'm pretty sure anyone in that situation would have did the best they could." he added.

Fire officials are still investigating the cause of the explosion.

They are expected to provide an update at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday.


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