Six people are feared dead after a commercial building exploded and then caught fire in Ottawa, police said Friday, as officers searched for missing employees.
Ottawa police said three people were taken to hospital after an explosion in the Canadian capital’s Nepean area on Thursday afternoon and officers are searching for five others.
Police said they did not expect any survivors to search for the missing four men and one woman.
Police said one person who was taken to the hospital died due to injuries, while the condition of another remains critical but stable, with a third person having been released.
CBC News reported that the site of the incident belonged to Eastway Tank Pump & Meter Ltd., a manufacturer of custom tank trucks. Phone calls from Reuters for business on Friday did not go unanswered.
Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson offers condolences to his family the victim And support for those awaiting talk about the disappearance.
No words can take away the tension and devastation as these people wait for news about their relatives and friends
My heartfelt thanks to our first responders for their tremendous efforts to save lives and control the fire in very difficult circumstances. 2/2
— Jim Watson (@JimWatsonOttawa) 14 January 2022
“No words can take away the tension and devastation as these people await news about their relatives and friends,” Watson wrote on Twitter.
According to a statement, the city police and fire department are investigating the incident along with the Ministry of Labor.
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