Investigation into the Cause of the Fatal North End St. Catharines Fire

On January 12, 2023, at 6:35am, emergency services personnel responded to 20 Keefer Road in St Catharines for reports of explosions and a fire.

A St. Catharines man in his 30s was transported from the scene in critical condition to an out of region hospital.  The man tragically died due to his injuries.

The fire was extinguished but led to the evacuation of multiple area residents and businesses.

Detectives from the 1 District detective office of the Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) are working with the Office of the Fire Marshal, the St. Catharines Fire Service, the Ministry of Labour, and the Office of the Coroner to determine the circumstances and the 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.  Members of the public are asked to contact detectives by calling 905-688-4111, option 3, extension 1009964.

Members of the public who wish to provide information anonymously can contact Crime Stoppers of Niagara online or by calling 1-800-222-8477.  Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards to persons who contact the program with information which leads to an arrest.

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