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Canada industrial facility blast injures five

27 October 2014

On October 25 an explosion at the Veolia ES Canada Industrial Services plant in Sarnia, Ontario, injured five employees, with two in a critical condition. Eight workers were inside the building when the blast occurred in the paint shop of the industrial cleaning and maintenance services facility. All five of the injured are in local hospitals with burn injuries.

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The Ontario Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Environment and Fire Marshal are investigating the cause of the blast, which tore a hole in the building's exterior wall and caused part of the roof to collapse. Police said there was no off site impact and no chemicals were released in the explosion.

In a statement, Veolia said it was “fully co-operating with the Ministry of Labour and other local authorities to investigate its cause.”

Update: On October 27, police said one of the five victims of the blast had died from his injuries.

The Ontario Ministry of Labour has also announced that the explosion started in a dust collection system outside the building, and then ripped through internal sections of the facility.

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