Several people missing after Merivale Road explosion: sources

Several people are still missing after an explosion in a building in Ottawa’s southern tip on Thursday, sources told CTV News.

The explosion and large fire at Eastway Tank on Merivale Road have taken three people to hospital, two of whom are in critical condition.

Thursday evening, police asked all employees and families to attend a reunion center at Woodvale Pentecostal Church on Greenbank Road.

Several people were still missing as of late Thursday night, multiple sources told CTV News Ottawa.

Ottawa emergency officials are scheduled to provide an update Friday morning at 9:15 a.m.

Police remained at the scene Friday morning. The Department of Labor and the Ontario Fire Marshall office are also investigating.

“I thought it was an earthquake”

Flames and black smoke could be seen coming from the commercial building on Merivale Road at about 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

Ottawa fire services officials said 911 callers reported hearing an explosion before seeing 15-meter flames billowing through the roof of a building.

being. Tim Tierney said he was visiting Ottawa, just meters from the building, when the fire started.

“I actually thought it was an earthquake at first,” Tierney told Newstalk 580 CFRA’s Ottawa Now with Kristy Cameron. “The ground was shaking and then all of a sudden, seconds later, all of a sudden I heard the explosion.”

Three people in the building at the time were taken to the hospital. Two medics have arrived at the hospital in critical condition, while the other patient is in stable condition.

One firefighter was also treated for minor injuries.

Heavy equipment crews were brought in Thursday evening to help put out the fire. Acting Chief of the Ottawa Fire Service, Paul Hut, said there was no danger to residents in the area.

“While we are suppressing the fire, there is a runoff that is happening as a result of we are putting water in the fire. I want to assure residents that there is no concern – we have a HAZMAT team on site,” Hat said Thursday.

According to the company’s website, Eastway Tank, Pump & Meter Ltd. is a dedicated manufacturer of tank trucks for both the North American and international markets.

“I hear a loud bang”

Eyewitnesses said they heard a strong “bang” before the fire started.

“I was serving a customer, I just finished with her and I heard a loud bang. Next thing I know there’s a very big cloud of black smoke,” said Jesse Hedland, who works near Francis Gas Bar.

“It goes up ‘very high’ and eventually I see some flames hiding behind the truck. Probably the biggest thing I’ve seen in my nine years working here.”

Amanda Fong is the owner of Country Place Chinese Restaurant near the fire place.

“I’m sitting eating my lunch and I smell smoke. When I went out to look out the window I saw a lot of flames.”

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