Three people are in hospital after an explosion at Eastway Tank and Pump on Merivale Road, between Cleopatra Drive and Slack Road.
Emergency crews were called to the scene at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, January 13, 2022.
When firefighters arrived on scene they quickly realized more resources were going to be needed and the blaze was eventually deemed a five-alarm fire.
Two of the injured people are in critical condition and one is stable, according to paramedics. Ottawa fire officials say they were all people who were working at Eastway Tank and Pump at the time of the incident.
@OttFire on scene of a 3rd alarm fire on Merivale Road between Cleopatra Drive and Slack Road. 911 callers reported hearing an explosion before seeing 50 foot flames through the roof. #OttNews @OttawaPolice @Ottawa_Traffic pic.twitter.com/Z0fSSEJLtB— Ottawa Fire Services (@OttFire) January 13, 2022
Merivale Road is closed between West Hunt Club Road and MacFarlane Road, as it remains an active fire scene.
Investigators have not had the chance to assess the scene to determine how the explosion happened.