Dramatic Video of Tower Street Explosion


Video provided by Michael P. Babcock

Saultonline.com has obtained exclusive video footage of the explosion early Saturday morning in Downtown Sault Ste. Marie.

The video, shot by a witness shows a group of people running to the scene of the fire from a near by downtown bar.  As the person with the camera gets to the scene, the explosion occurs.  Propane tanks located behind the building exploded. The explosion and fire left 7 occupants of the apartment building homeless and one firefighter injured.

The video is shown as raw footage. WARNING: The video contains language that may offend some people, viewer discretion is advised

The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service along with the Ontario Fire Marshalls Office and Sault Fire Services are continuing to investigate the fire on Tower Street that occurred in the early morning hours of August 1st.

Residents from the building have been relocated with the assistance of the Canadian Red Cross or family members.

Officers from Investigation Services are continuing to speak to witnesses.
If you were in the area around the time of the fire and have not spoken to officers please contact the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service at 705 949 6300.

No further details are available at this time pending the ongoing investigation.





  1. Great video, thanks for posting it Sault Online! Thanks to Peter for helping others! But Peter I don’t think they are trying to take credit for the video, and they clearly stated it was a viewer submitted video. Maybe the person who took it didn’t want his watermark on it or credit for it. I’m glad they left the profanity in the video (there was a warning), this is a real life panic emergency folks as raw as it can get. I prefer to see it that way. Considering the other local news didn’t even report on the fire that day, guess they were too busy on the long weekend to walk a block from their office to do any reporting. lol. I think Sault online is great and getting better and better! It’s my new homepage.

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