Charges Laid in Townhouse Explosion

London police say they have laid charges against a London man in connection with an explosion and fire at a Southdale Rd. townhouse on Friday.

Emergency responders were called to 1217 Southdale Rd. E. Friday night after reports of an explosion and fire.

The London Police Service found evidence of a marijuana extraction lab at the townhouse after handing the investigation over to the Auto Arson Unit.

Rueben Garcia, 26, is charged with the following:

  • Arson by negligence
  • Arson causing damage to property
  • Arson with disregard for human life
  • Occupant injuring a building
  • Possession of a schedule 2 substance for the purpose of trafficking (three counts)
  • Possession of a schedule 1 substance for the purpose of trafficking

Police seized $53,490 worth of drugs.

No injuries were caused by the explosion and fire. Damage is estimated at $600,000.

Police are still looking for a man seen running from the area after the explosion.

He is described as Native or Hispanic, 5’8″-6′ tall, heavy set, with short dark hair.

Anyone with information is asked to call police.