3 bodies found at scene of fuel distributor explosion north of Montreal | TBEN news

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Three bodies were found Thursday at the scene of an explosion and fire at a propane distributor in a small town north of Montreal.

On Monday, provincial police confirmed three bodies were found, but they are still trying to identify the remains.

The blast, which ignited Propane Lafortune, a family-owned propane and heating oil company in Saint-Roch-de-L’Achigan, Que. It sparked a blaze that forced the evacuation of nearby homes, drew firefighters from across the region, and took hours to put out.

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On Friday, Isabelle Lafortune, who co-owns with her sister Propane Lafortune, told reporters that two of the missing persons are employees and the third is a subcontractor.

The Sûreté du Québec’s research efforts were hampered by a snowstorm and safety concerns about the potential of even more combustible materials still present.

On Sunday morning, the staff of the Bienheureuse Marie-Rose Durocher Parish organized a mass at Saint-Roch-de-l’Achigan Church on Principale Street to pay tribute to the victims.

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Speaking at the service, Mayor Sébastien Marcil said the small town is like a family that “misses some of its members”. He said waiting for answers and being kept in the dark was “extremely difficult”.

“You can’t imagine how hard it is not to have news about people you love for three days, knowing that there is an explosion and the people you know are there,” said Marcil.

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MNA for Rousseau Louis-Charles Thouin attended the ceremony. He was asked by reporters if the provincial police are investigating possible criminal negligence. He said it was important to “take the time to make the necessary checks”.