Explosion: three employees are still missing
Three employees of Propane Lafortune in Saint-Roch-de-l’Achigan are still missing, nearly 24 hours after explosions in the business caused a fire and led to the evacuation of several residences in nearby, late Thursday morning. The Sûreté du Québec (SQ) took over on the scene and will make an update during the day on Friday.
The snow that fell overnight from Thursday to Friday complicates the search for evidence which could make it possible to elucidate the causes of the explosion, which would have even caused the roof of the business to rise due to its intensity. Snow also makes the search for potential victims more difficult. The process could take two to four days.
“The scene is very large and displays a great degree of complexity. There has been a building collapse, an explosion, a fire and there is always the presence of dangerous products where excavations must be carried out. We are going to set up a marquee to carry out excavations more quickly and protect the scene from the snow and to facilitate our work. We must keep an open mind but remain cautious with this complex situation, ”says Sergeant Éloïse Cossette of the Sûreté du Québec (SQ).
The missing individuals would be employees of Propane Lafortune .
The thesis of a fire of arson origin has still not been ruled out as the scene has been handed over to SQ fire and major crime investigators, who have begun preliminary research in prioritizing the search for victims.
Ministers François Bonnardel, of Public Security, and Caroline Proulx, responsible for the Lanaudière region, were on hand to show their support for the municipality and the citizens, still under the shock.