Sunday, January 23, 2022

Scene of the deadly Merivale Road blast and fire | CBC News

It was so strong that a witness thought it was an earthquake.

On Thursday, an explosion and fire destroyed Eastway Tank Pump and Meter Ltd, a tanker truck manufacturer, on Merivale Road in south Ottawa.

Ottawa police have since confirmed that one person has died and five others are missing. He is also presumed dead.

Here are some photos taken by witnesses and journalists after the disaster.

An eyewitness captured this picture of smoke rising from a distance shortly after the tanker truck manufacturer blew up. (Presented)

Scene of the deadly Merivale Road blast and fire | CBC News

Video shows pillar of smoke from Meriwale Road blast, fire

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

Scene of the deadly Merivale Road blast and fire | CBC News

The witness describes the scene near the Meriwale Road fire

Renee Burwell says she saw a tower of smoke as she left a nearby Canadian Tire store. 0:43

Firefighters spent most of Thursday afternoon dousing the flames.

It was brought under control shortly before 6 pm, more than four hours after the first loud blasts were heard.

Scene of the deadly Merivale Road blast and fire | CBC News
The Ottawa Fire Services said the fire was finally brought under control at 5:48 p.m., although the crew remained at the scene to watch for the flames. (Jacques Corrieve / CBC)

Scene of the deadly Merivale Road blast and fire | CBC News
Meriwale Road was partially closed after the blast, as a lot of equipment was required to fight the fire. It was reopened on Thursday evening. (Jacques Corrieve / CBC)

On Friday morning, police officially confirmed that at least one person had died in the explosion.

Several agencies are now participating in the investigation, including the Office of the Provincial Fire Marshal, the Coroner’s Office, and Ontario’s Ministry of Labor.

Scene of the deadly Merivale Road blast and fire | CBC News

One dead, five missing in Meriwale Road fire, said police

Ottawa Police Inspector Frank d’Aust said one person was killed and five other people were missing and presumed dead after an explosion and fire Thursday afternoon at a business on Merivale Road. 0:53

Scene of the deadly Merivale Road blast and fire | CBC News
A police cruiser is shown Friday at the entrance to Eastway Tank Pump & Meter Ltd. Ottawa police say their arson unit is leading the investigation, although the cause of the blaze is unclear. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)

Scene of the deadly Merivale Road blast and fire | CBC News
On Friday, fire tenders were shown at the spot. Acting Ottawa Fire Chief Paul Hutt says a regional crisis line is taking calls for those who need it. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)

Scene of the deadly Merivale Road blast and fire | CBC News
Chris Lawson with the Office of the Fire Marshal speaks to reporters Friday. (Francis Ferland / CBC)

Scene of the deadly Merivale Road blast and fire | CBC News
Employees work at the scene the day after the explosion. Ottawa police say the scene is complex and will take some time to fully investigate. (Francis Ferland / CBC)

Scene of the deadly Merivale Road blast and fire | CBC News
A torn flag is shown at the site of the explosion. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)

Scene of the deadly Merivale Road blast and fire | CBC News
More than 24 hours after the explosion, the crew were still at work Friday afternoon, as this drone footage shows. (CBC)

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