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Five people hurt in Magna plant explosion

Incident took place on a manufacturing line at Dortec Industries, a division of Magna.


May 1, 2013
by The Canadian Press

NEWMARKET, Ont. – Five people are in hospital after a fire and explosion at the Magna automotive plant in Newmarket, Ont., north of Toronto.

York Region fire crews were called to the scene around 10 a.m. Wednesday (in the area around Mulock Drive and Bayview Avenue).

The explosion happened at the Dortec Industries plant, which is a division of Magna International Inc.

Magna says the incident took place on a manufacturing line and five employees were taken to hospital for “further evaluation.” None of them were in life-threatening condition.

The plant’s 200 employees were evacuated and are not being allowed to re-enter as investigators assess the scene.

Deputy Fire Chief Paul Leslie says there was a small explosion in an area of the plant using machinery with pressurized parts.

He says there was no extensive damage to the inside or the outside of the plant.

The Ministry of Labour and the Ontario Fire Marshal’s office have been called in to investigate.

©The Canadian Press