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Victims of lethal industrial blast remembered as ‘good individuals’ | CBC News


Josh Bastien says his father, Rick, proper, died in Thursday’s explosion and fireplace at Eastway Tank on Merivale Road in Ottawa, one of many deadliest industrial disasters within the metropolis’s historical past. Rick is pictured together with his spouse, Louise Martel. (Rick Bastien/Facebook)

Friends and household of the victims of Thursday’s horrific explosion at an Ottawa tanker truck producer are mourning the lack of their family members, whereas authorities proceed to piece collectively what brought on one of many deadliest industrial disasters within the metropolis’s historical past.

One man is confirmed useless and 5 different persons are lacking and presumed useless following the explosion and fireplace at Eastway Tank Pump and Meter Ltd., at 1995 Merivale Rd. The blast occurred at about 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

Among the victims is longtime Eastway worker Rick Bastien, 57, a former supervisor on the facility who’s listed on the corporate’s present listing as a welder/fabricator/mechanic.

“My father all his life labored himself to the bone to supply for his household,” wrote Josh Bastien in a collection of textual content messages to CBC News.

I actually assume my dad simply needed to retire and figured it could be quickly.– Josh Bastien

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“He was a stand-up man, cherished by everybody that got here throughout him. I by no means knew him to have enemies. He can be there for his buddies on the drop of a hat. He cherished me and my sister and we may all the time depend on him to be there,” wrote Bastien, who labored alongside his father at Eastway till a couple of yr in the past.

Nearing retirement

Bastien mentioned his father was a talented craftsman who lately put the ending touches on the home he shared in Luskville, Que., together with his spouse, Louise Martel.

“We had 10 fantastic years collectively and believed we had a minimum of 30+ extra to return,” Martel wrote on her husband’s Facebook web page. “We had nice plans. RIP RICK. I really like you and I all the time will, till we meet once more.”

Josh Bastien mentioned his father was three years from retirement and was trying ahead to leaving Eastway.

“He was the very best dad I may ever ask for. I’m so grateful for the occasions we had collectively,” he wrote.

“My dad needed out however I actually assume my dad simply needed to retire and figured it could be quickly,” he continued. “Not quickly sufficient.”

The devastation following Thursday’s explosion and fireplace at Eastway Tank is proven on this drone footage from late Friday afternoon. (CBC)

‘My coronary heart goes out to their households’

Bastien mentioned he labored with the entire individuals useless or lacking after Thursday’s explosion and fireplace, describing them as buddies and “good individuals.”

Among the victims was the plant’s new supervisor, whom Bastien described as “a very good man”; a younger lady who educated as a welder beneath his father; a French-speaking immigrant from Africa who was “all the time a cheerful smiling laughing man at work and my dad cherished him and so did I”; one other man who was “all the time telling jokes and enjoyable to be round”; and a person from Deep River, Ont., who cherished fishing and off-roading in his Jeep.

One survivor was airlifted to Toronto, the place he was being handled within the burn unit at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. The hospital declined to reveal his situation to CBC News on Friday.

Authorities haven’t launched the names of the useless, lacking or injured, and CBC News has not independently verified their identities.

Neil Greene, president and proprietor of Eastway Tank, issued an announcement on Friday saying it was “with nice unhappiness that we discovered that one in all our colleagues perished on account of the tragic explosion, with 5 remaining lacking and one in hospital.”

“My coronary heart goes out to their households, family members and to all of our workers who’re reeling from this deep loss,” Greene mentioned.

“We stay in shut contact with investigators, and we are going to co-operate with authorities on all ensuing investigations. We wish to resolve what occurred.”

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