July 10, 2013 - 2:33 PM
SALMON ARM - Two unrelated explosions in the Thompson Okanagan in the last week have left one man dead and one man with severe burns.
On July 4, fire crews were called to the scene of a Salmon Arm home after an explosion and fire at a legal marijuana grow-op where a 45-year-old Lower Mainland man was found severely injured.
B.C. Coroners Service reported that David Allen Kingsbury who had been staying in Salmon Arm died after succumbing to his injuries in the fire. He was found at the residence in the 400-block of 50th Street NW in Salmon Arm around 8:30 p.m. before he was transported to Shuswap Lake General Hospital and dying his injuries the following day.
Salmon Arm RCMP Corp. Jamie Leverrier said police are not investigating the matter because it was a licensed medical marijuana building.
"There was no criminal activity or anything of the nature," Leverrier said. "We confirmed that that's what it was, and then we left."
WorkSafe B.C. is currently investigating and InfoTel News is awaiting their comment on the investigation.
While the cause of the fire and explosion have yet to be determined, the cause of another unrelated explosion has been determined.
The Ministry of Environment is attributing an explosion just two days after the Salmon Arm residential explosion at a provincial park to a propane leak in an RV.
A Kamloops man was badly burned on July 6 at White Lake Provincial Park, just outside Salmon Arm and and rushed to Vancouver General Hospital.
There were no other injuries or reports of damage in relation to the explosion.
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