Police say at least one worker missing in propane explosion north of Montreal


Police and fire officials are blocking roads after police said at least one worker was missing after an explosion at a propane plant in Saint-Roch-de-Lachigan, Couy province. January 12, 2023 (The Canadian Press/Ryan Remiorz)

Quebec Police say at least one worker is missing after the explosion in propane institution It is located in Saint-Roc-de-Lachigan, Quebec, north of Montreal.

City officials had previously said three or four employees were missing, but state police said at a press conference this afternoon that “at least one” was missing. said there are many more possibilities.

Fire chief Fran├žois Thivierge said after an explosion occurred at 11:17 a.m., authorities were alerted and the first arriving units attempted to intervene, but had to withdraw due to the risk of further explosions. He said he didn’t.

Thivierge said the fire has not been brought under control and authorities are treading cautiously as it poses both a safety risk and an environmental risk of oil and gas spilling into a nearby river.

an explosion occurred in propane La Fortune, a well-known local restaurant.

Authorities have set up a 1-kilometre evacuation zone around the scene, but Thibierge said the zone could be reduced later in the afternoon.

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