A man was injured and a one-bedroom concrete residence in Northward received extensive damage during an early-morning explosion.
The Cayman Islands Fire Service reports that a call was received at 7:33 a.m. today (Wednesday, 22 April) from a Northward resident reporting that an explosion had occurred at a house on Fig Tree Drive.
The caller stated that, while there were no longer signs of fire or smoke, one person had been injured by the explosion and was transported to the Cayman Islands Hospital where he is receiving treatment for his injuries.
A fire vehicle was then dispatched from Central Fire Station, arriving at the scene at 7:50 a.m. CIFS investigators report that the structure's windows were blown out, the roof was lifted from the belting, and doors were blown off their hinges and destroyed.
An investigation into the cause of the explosion is been carried out. Preliminary findings indicate that a stove burner, which was apparently left on, caused an accumulation of gas that ignited. Officers are testing the gas line for leaks, as well as the stove.
This is the third residential propane incident this year involving a kitchen appliance. Chief Fire Officer Dennom Bodden advises residents using gas stoves to ensure that gas lines and appliances are in proper working condition. Propane tanks, including the small portable tanks, should be stored outdoors.
If any scent of gas is detected, CIFS cautions that residents should not turn on electric lights or any other possible igniters. The area should be ventilated, and the gas source turned off. Residents should leave the building and contact the fire service if necessary. Smoke and gas detectors should also be installed.
For more information on preventing and detecting residential fires, contact the Fire Services' Deputy Chief Fire Officer Doorley McLaughlin who has responsibility for the Fire Prevention Unit.
For further information contact: Lennon Christian