March 26, 2019 4:53 pm
Updated: March 27, 2019 12:22 pm

Man suffers third-degree burns in propane tank shop fire in southwestern Ontario

Police say one man has life-threatening injuries following a shop fire in Damascus, Ont.

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Wellington County OPP say a man suffered third-degree burns to 30 per cent of his body in a fire at a propane tank facility in southwestern Ontario on Tuesday afternoon.

Emergency crews were called to the blaze near Damascus, Ont. at around 4 p.m. and found the shop fully engulfed.

READ MORE: Fire crews extinguish late-night blaze east of Guelph

Video posted online showed flames shooting up into the air.

Police said a man in his 50s was airlifted to a trauma centre in Hamilton in life-threatening condition. He has since been upgraded to stable condition.

No other injuries were reported.

Roads in the area were closed as firefighters battled the blaze and some nearby homes were also evacuated.

“We did evacuate some residences as a precaution, but those people have been allowed to return,” Const. Josh Cunningham said Tuesday evening.

He added the fire was brought under control at around 5:30 p.m.

The cause of the fire is unknown and the Office of the Fire Marshal has been notified.

READ MORE: 1 man dead after early-morning fire at Kitchener home

Damage is estimated to be around $300,000.

Damascus is about 50 kilometres north of Guelph, near Arthur.

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