A house exploded just minutes after police arrived on scene for a reported car crashed into a home on Woodman Avenue.

Hours later the devastation is becoming more clear. Several houses are destroyed, one is levelled and a total seven people were injured including six first responders, with one firefighter remaining in hospital with serious injuries.

Here is a timeline of how it all unfolded:


Wednesday, Aug. 14

  • 10:37 p.m. – London Police receive multiple reports of a vehicle into a home at 450 Woodman Avenue
  • 10:39 p.m. – Police arrive on scene, locate citizens attempting to extricate the female driver from the car; police immediately note a gas leak
  • 10:40 p.m. – Fire crews arrive on scene to assist in extrication of the driver; police begin evacuation of the area, driver is arrested
  • 10:50 p.m. – House explodes sending debris across the neighbourhood; fire spreads to surrounding homes

Thursday, Aug. 15

  • 6 a.m. – Fire crews continue to battle hot spots, fires are under control
  • 7:30 a.m. – Police, Fire, EMS, Mayor, hold press conference; confirm seven injured including two police officers and four firefighters
  • 9:00 a.m. – Police release name of woman charged
  • 6 p.m. – Firefighters continue to deal with smouldering rubble at main blast site
  • 8 p.m. – Most residents return home, with the exception of 12 homes - 10 on Woodman and two on Charlotte Street
              – Power and water services restored, most roads reopened

Friday, Aug. 16

  • Residents in all but eight homes on Woodman back in their houses,
  • Two homes on Charlotte Street cleared for residents to return
  • Two homes completely demolished
  • Status of third home undetermined, but may still be demolished
  • Work to clear remaining debris continues, sections of Queen and Woodman still closed

Saturday, Aug. 17

  • Crews demolish house at 452 Woodman Avenue, the third to come down.

Tuesday, Aug. 20

  • Concert held at Aeolian Hall in support of families affected by the OEV explosion.

Thursday, Aug. 22

  • Eight additional charges laid against 23-year-old Daniella Alexandra Leis in connection with blast.

Friday, Aug. 23

  • Firefighter seriously injured in blast released from hospital to complete recovery at home.


Thursday, Aug. 13

  • City Hall decideds on minor variances, final step to allow for rebuilding of two demolished homes.

Thursday, Oct. 22

  • Daniella Leis pleads guilty to four counts of impaired driving causing bodily harm in the crash.

CTV London will add more to this timeline as information becomes available.