One dead, five people remain missing in Merivale Road explosion, fire πŸ’₯😭😭πŸ’₯

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One person has died of their injuries and five other people remain missing and are presumed dead after the powerful explosion and fire in Nepean Thursday afternoon.

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Ottawa police Insp. Frank d’Aoust said at an outdoor briefing Friday morning that next-of-kin have been notified in the cases of all of the victims.

β€œUnfortunately, one of the three men transported to hospital yesterday has succumb to his injuries this morning,” D’Aoust said.

Police confirmed that four men and one woman, were at the building when the explosion occurred. Families have been advised but their identities will not be released at this time.

β€œIt is not believed that any survivors will be found,” the inspector said.

β€œOne man remains in hospital in serious but stable condition, the third was released from hospital.”

In a prepared statement, Neil Greene, president and owner of Eastway Tank Pump and Meter Ltd., vowed to β€œget to the bottom of what happened.”

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β€œI am completely devasted,” Greene said. β€œTo the families of our lost colleague and to all our employees, please know that Eastway Tank will be there for you without fail in the weeks and months ahead. My deepest condolences to all of you.”

Greene confirmed that one Eastway employee has died, five more are missing and one is in hospital from what he called the β€œtragic explosion.”

β€œMy heart goes out to their families, loved ones and to all of our employees who are reeling from this deep loss,” he said, adding: β€œWe remain in close contact with investigators, and we will cooperate with authorities on all ensuing investigations.”

Recovery and investigations efforts are underway at the site of the blast, Eastway Tank Pump & Meter Ltd., at 1995 Merivale Rd.

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But police cautioned that the area is heavily damaged, which will hinder investigations.

Among the agencies investing are Ottawa Police Service, the Ontario Fire Marshall’s Office, the Ministry of Labour, Ottawa Fire Services and the Regional Coroner’s Office .

The families and loved ones of those individuals have been notified and are being supported by victim supports and investigators.

Emergency crews first responded to Eastway Tank Pump & Meter Ltd., at 1995 Merivale Rd., at 1:30 p.m.

Acting Fire Chief Paul Hutt told reporters callers cited β€œheavy flame and smoke” coming from the building.

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The first fire crews who arrived found the structure of the building engulfed in flames and smoke, an Ottawa Fire Services media release said. Moments later, within 15 minutes of the first 911 call, the roof began to cave in and the walls of the building began to collapse.

Paramedics transported three patients to the hospital: two of them with critical injuries and a third with minor injuries. A firefighter was also injured, although those injuries were described as minor in a media release.

The Ottawa Hospital confirmed it received three patients from the incident.

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