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Explosion at Veolia plant in Sarnia injures five

Incident isolated to the site, MOL investigating.


SARNIA, Ont. — An explosion that tore through an industrial facility in Sarnia, Ont. sent five people to hospital, with one airlifted to a health centre in critical condition, officials said.

The explosion occurred in the afternoon on Oct. 25 at the Veolia ES Canada Industrial Services Inc. plant, which is located in an industrial stretch of the municipality and not near any homes.

One person was critically injured in the blast, while three suffered serious injuries and one received minor injuries, Sarnia Mayor Mark Bradley said.

“My understanding is that there was an explosion, and it caused major damage to the building and the fire was extinguished,” he said in a phone interview.

A spokesman with local Lambton County paramedics, Jeff Brooks, said the incident “was isolated to the site,” and all five patients were suffering from burn injuries, while three others were assessed at the scene and released.

The explosion ripped a large hole in a stretch of the building’s cinderblock wall, and caused a partial collapse of the roof.

The Veolia plant provides industrial cleaning and maintenance services, according to the company’s website.

Veolia could not be immediately reached for comment.

The Ontario Ministry of Labour has been called in to investigate, Sarnia police said in a release.

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