Eastway Tank Explosion: What We Know About the Victims

Family members of some of the victims of Thursday’s deadly explosion at a tanker truck facility on Merivale Road are mourning the loss of their loved ones.

Six people are believed to have died in the blast. Police confirmed a death Friday and said five other people were missing and presumed dead. Police will not release their identities, but say their families have been notified.

The Eastway Tank explosion is one of the deadliest industrial accidents in Ottawa’s history.

Family members on social media have publicly identified two of the victims.

Kayla Ferguson was from Carleton Place. Her mother Janet said on Facebook shortly after the explosion that she was unable to grab her daughter, and later said she had received a call from police.

Kayla Ferguson

In a Facebook post Saturday, she said Kayla is lost but will never be forgotten.

“I’m so lost and numb inside,” she wrote. “Your brother says he loves you too … You, Nana and Aunt Margret are together. You all take care of each other up there.”

Rick Bastien, 57, of Luskville, Que., Was publicly identified on social media by the family Friday.

Rick Bastien

“When I sit here thinking about all the things he said to me, all the things we did, I regret so much that there was no more,” his son Josh Bastien said in a Facebook post.

“My dad was one of a kind … the hardest working guy I ever knew.”

Rick Bastien’s Facebook page says he was a welder / manufacturer / mechanic at Eastway Tank.

The investigation into what happened at the Eastway Tank on Merivale Road on Thursday afternoon is underway, and recovery efforts at the severely damaged site are underway.

On Saturday, the fire marshal’s office said investigators continued to work on the spot with Ottawa’s fire and police investigators.

Eastway Tank Pump & Meter Ltd. is a custom-made tanker truck manufacturer for both the North American and international markets and has been in existence since 1968.

Neil Greene, the owner and president of the family-run business, said he was “completely devastated” and that the business remains in close contact with investigators to get to the bottom of what happened.

–With files from CTV News Ottawa’s Katie Griffin and Jeremie Charron.


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