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City sets up family reunification centre for employees, families affected by Merivale Road explosion

Employees and families are asked to attend the reunification centre Thursday evening so officials can ensure everyone is accounted for.
A large plume of smoke rises from Suncor Energy on Merivale Road in Ottawa after an explosion, January 13, 2022. Photo/ Robert Dube

The City of Ottawa is asking families and employees of Eastway Tank and Pump on Merivale Road to attend a family reunification centre as officials works to account for everybody who was on scene during the explosion.

Ottawa police say the centre has been set up at the Woodvale Pentecostal Church at 205 Greenbank Rd.

An explosion at a business at 1995 Merivale Rd. was called into Ottawa police at around 1:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Ottawa Fire Services (OFS) led the at-scene response.

As a result of the incident, three people were injured and taken to hospital for treatment. In an earlier statement, Ottawa paramedics said that two of the injured people were in critical condition and one was in stable.

Emergency crews continue to search the facility and site and monitor the scene for flare ups.

Road closures will remain in place on Merivale Road for at least the next several hours.

People are asked to avoid the area until police clear the scene.

The investigation continues.

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