Man saves 8 after Alberta explosion
Last Updated: Monday, July 19, 2010 9:20 AM MT
A tourist is being hailed a hero for saving eight people after an explosion flattened a bunkhouse at a horse riding stable Saturday night in Jasper, Alta.
As many as 10 people were injured when the two-storey bunkhouse at Pyramid Riding Stables exploded around 11:20 p.m.
Jasper Mayor Richard Ireland said the "powerful explosion" at the site, owned by Mountain Park Lodges, may have been caused by a propane leak.
Richard said three of the injured were taken to hospital in Edmonton with non-life threatening injuries, while others were treated locally.
Most of the injuries consisted of broken bones and abrasions, Ireland said.
Jasper RCMP Const. Stephen Pavlov said the injuries would have been much worse or even fatal if not for a man staying at the resort.
The guest's prompt action saved lives, Pavlov told CBC News.
"It was a heroic effort. There was an individual who was staying at the guest house on the property who was first on scene and was able to direct three people to safety," he said.
"He was able to extract about another five, and the last two who were trapped — that he couldn't get to — were saved by the local fire department, who under very harrowing circumstances had to go in and cut these people free and pull them out of the fire."
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