At least 10 people were injured in natural gas explosion at 19 Wing Comox

At least 10 people were injured in a natural gas explosion at 19 Wing Comox, which also partially collapsed a building.

BC Emergency Health Services confirmed that it was called to the air base at CFB Comox around noon. 9:15, including an air ambulance, after the explosion.

Ten people have been cared for by paramedics, the EHS said, including a patient in “serious condition” who was flown to the hospital by air ambulance. Three others were taken to hospital in stable condition and six people were treated at the base’s medical unit.

It is unclear how the explosion happened. Many reported hearing the loud bang just after 9 a.m. Thursday.

Officials tell CHEK News that the building that was damaged is an old barracks building that was under renovation on Heritage Way.

19 The Wing Fire Department is on site and the Comox Fire Department is on standby outside the base.

The cause has not yet been confirmed, but air operations were not affected, Lieutenant Colonel Mike Juillet told CHEK News.

Crews from the air base have helped evacuate from flood-hit areas of BC such as Agassiz, and have sent cormorants in to lift people to safety.

This is a breaking news story. It will be updated with the latest information when it becomes available.

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