An allegedly impaired driver plowed into two homes in St. Catharines and ruptured a gas line on Monday, starting a fire, according to Niagara police.
A 63-year-old woman is facing two charges after her Ford Fusion is believed to have reversed out of a driveway in the area of St. George and Facer streets just before midnight, reportedly crashing into a nearby house, striking a natural gas line and igniting a blaze.
The woman is then accused of driving forward and hitting another home across the street, police say.
Following the crash, Niagara police evacuated the neighbourhood as a precaution while emergency crews began extinguishing the fire and capping a gas leak.
The 63-year-old from St. Catharines has been charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle and operation of a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol concentration over 80 milligrams.
Police say there were no injuries, but damage to the gas line, car and second home is estimated to be about $67,000.
The accused has had her licence suspended for 90 days and will make her first court appearance on Aug. 30.