1 dead, 5 missing following an explosion at a commercial business: Ottawa Police

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The Ottawa Police confirmed Friday that an explosion at a commercial business in Merivale Road has left one dead.

According to a statement released by Ottawa Police, five people are still missing following the explosion.

“Unfortunately, one of the three men transported to hospital yesterday has succumbed to his injuries this morning. One man remains in hospital in serious but stable condition, the third was released from hospital,” the statement by Ottawa Police reads.

The statement further added “Five people continue to be unaccounted for and are missing. It is believed these individuals, four men and one woman, were at the building when the explosion occurred. Their identities will not be released at this time.”

The families and loved ones of those individuals have been notified and are being supported by victim supports and investigators, the Ottawa Police said, adding that recovery and investigative efforts are underway at the site. The site is heavily damaged and these efforts and investigations will take time.

The Ottawa Police also added tt is not believed that any survivors will be found.

Meanwhile, the Ottawa Police, said the Office of the Fire Marshal has sent numerous investigators and will be the lead to determine the origin and cause of the explosion and fire.

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