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Trail Man charged in Gulch explosion, drug seizure

On Feb. 4, Crown Counsel approved charges against a 43-year-old male for the alleged explosion and fire that occurred on May 25, 2018, at the 400 block of Rossland Avenue, in Trail.  The three charges include:

·         Produce a Scheduled Substance (Cannabis Oil) contrary to Section 7(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act

·         Possess of Anything (Butane) for Production of a Scheduled contrary to Section 7(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act

·         Arson by Negligence contrary to Section 436(1) of the Criminal Code.

The Trail resident will make his first appearance in Provincial Court, in Rossland, on March 7, at which point his name will be made public

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There have been no arrests, but evidence has been seized after an explosion in Trail’s Gulch area last month, according to Trail RCMP Sgt. Darren Oelke.

“On May 25 … Trail RCMP received a report of an explosion and fire at a residence on Rossland Avenue in Trail. Upon attendance, police found the residence fully engulfed in flames and several firefighters of the Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue working at putting out the fire.

“A 42-year-old male resident was located outside the home and transported to hospital with significant injuries sustained in the fire. A female resident was also home at the time but not injured. The residential fire resulted in the evacuation of several residences in the area.”

A dog living in the residence escaped unharmed.

“An ongoing police investigation led to the execution of a search warrant on June 1, 2018 where numerous pieces of evidence were seized.

“Investigators have deemed the explosion and fire to be suspicious in nature. They are asking anyone who has any information in relation to this incident to contact the Trail RCMP Detachment at 250-364-2566.”