Monday, July 19, 2010

my brother!

My brother and his wife were on vacation in Jasper when the staff accomodations of the place they were staying exploded.

My brother ran to the explosion while his wife called 911 and he started to pull people out of the building.

He is a blessing in my life - and also in the lives of others! Here is a newspaper report about the incident.

Love you Justin!

Ten injured after explosion obliterates lodging house in Jasper
By Conal Pierse, July 19, 2010 4:46 AM EDMONTON — An explosion that reduced a rooming house in Jasper to matchsticks sent 10 people to hospital Saturday night.

Staff members at Pyramid Riding Stables were heading to bed around 11:20 p.m. when the staff residence exploded, sending debris hurtling into the treetops, said Const. Stephen Pavlov of the Jasper RCMP detachment. "It was literally like matchsticks," he said.

A guest staying at the main residence ran toward the blast site and directed three dazed and confused survivors away from the flaming wreckage, before pulling five people from the collapsed building, Pavlov said.

The guest was unable to free two victims who were buried in debris, but his directions to firefighters responding to the scene proved invaluable in the rescue.

All of the residents were taken to Seton hospital in Jasper and treated for broken bones, lacerations and internal injuries, said Pavlov.

Some suffered more serious injuries and had to be airlifted to the University of Alberta Hospital.

None of the 10 were burned in the blast.

"It's all thanks to the quick actions of the witness who was first on the scene and the local fire department," Pavlov said.

A quick response combined with recent rainfall prevented the fire from spreading to the nearby woods. The cause of the fire is not yet known, but investigators are concentrating on the building's boiler structure.

© Copyright (c) The Edmonton Journal

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Retro Girl said...

oh my!! Thank God for your brother. What a brave man. Hope he himself is doing well.

The Bumbles said...

You know, we'd all like to think that of course we'd do the same thing for others if the situation arose, but I'm not so sure we all could follow through in a scene of chaos, danger and probably some not so pretty scenes of injury. Kudos to your brother for his quickness, wits and self-sacrifice of his safety for others. He is a hero and you should be very proud. Now he deserves a vacation in a less stressful environment!