Five injured in explosion at Sarnia, Ont. plant: mayor

One person was critically injured in the blast, Sarnia mayor Mike Bradley says.

SARNIA, Ont. – The mayor of Sarnia says five people have been sent to hospital after an explosion at an industrial facility in the southwestern Ontario city.

Mayor Mike Bradley says the explosion occurred Saturday afternoon at the Veolia ES Canada Industrial Services Inc. plant.

One person was critically injured in the blast, while three suffered serious injuries and one has minor injuries, 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.

Bradley added that the situation is now “under control.”

A spokesman for air ambulance Ornge said four patients with burns were rushed by paramedics to a local hospital.

James MacDonald added that an Ornge helicopter has been dispatched from London and was currently on standby at a Sarnia airport.

“It has not yet been determined whether we are required to transport a patient to another centre, but we are standing by in case we are needed,” he said in an email.

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

Veolia could not be immediately reached for detail.

There’s no word yet on what may have caused the blast.

Police say the Ministry of Labour has been called in to investigate.

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