1 dead, 5 missing and presumed dead in Ottawa explosion and fire


Ottawa police say one person is dead and five are unknown after Thursday’s explosion and fire on Merivale Road.

A man has died at the hospital and the five missing persons are believed to be dead.

Firefighters received several 911 calls Thursday around 1:30 p.m. about a major fire at 1995 Merivale Rd. between Cleopatra Drive and Slack Road, in the city’s Nepean area. Witnesses reported hearing loud bangs coming from the scene.

Three people were taken to the hospital, ambulance personnel said Thursday. Two were in critical condition while the third was stable.

Ottawa politiinsp. Frank D’Aoust said Friday that one of the people brought to the hospital was dead, another was in stable condition and a third had been released.

He said four men and a woman who police believe were at the building at the time of the explosion are missing and they do not believe they survived.

The Ottawa Police Fire Department is leading that part of the investigation, D’Aoust said.

The officials did not take questions and it is therefore unclear whether there is a suspicion of arson or whether this unit is being chosen to lead because of their expertise in fire investigation.

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Video shows column of smoke from Merivale Road explosion, fire

Ottawa firefighters said they were battling a three-alarm fire on Merivale Road in Nepean Thursday afternoon. 0:28

By the time firefighters arrived at the burning building, employees had already begun to come out.

Crews fighting to control the fire were told about the two patients who were brought to the hospital with severe burns and that five employees were unaware, according to firefighters unaware of the emergency, who spoke to CBC News on condition of anonymity , because they were not authorized. to speak in public.

Ottawa police, who are investigating the blast and its aftermath along with the fire marshal and the Department of Labor, were only told Thursday afternoon that four people were unaware, according to police sources.

A “family reunification center” was in operation Thursday night at the nearby Woodvale Pentecostal Church to ensure all workers were accounted for.

Nepean MPP Lisa McLeod tweeted Thursday night that her thoughts were “with those who were wounded and who are missing in the explosion, as well as with the families of those affected and the first efforts.”

The address is home to Eastway Tank Pump & Meter Ltd., a manufacturer of custom tank trucks. Eastway did not return calls from CBC yesterday.

The fire department said they had taken air quality samples and removed any contaminated water that ran away from the fire scene. The Ministry of the Environment was also called the place.

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