On January 12, 2023, at 6:35 a.m., emergency personnel responded to 20 Keefer Road in St. Catharines for a report of an explosion and fire.

Man St. A Catharines woman in her 30s was taken from the area in critical condition to an area hospital. The man tragically died from his injuries.

The fire has been extinguished but it has led to the evacuation of many local residents and businesses.

Detectives from the District 1 detective office of the Niagara Police Service (NRPS) are working with the Fire Marshal’s Office, the St. Catharines Fire Service, the Ministry of Labor and the Coroner’s Office to determine the circumstances and cause of the explosion and fire.

Investigators are appealing to the public who may have video of the explosion and fire, especially in its early stages. The public is asked to contact detectives by calling 905-688-4111, option 3, extension 1009964.

Members of the public who wish to provide anonymous information can contact Crime Stoppers of Niagara online or by calling 1-800-222-8477. Crime Stoppers offers a cash reward to those who contact the program with information that leads to an arrest.