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Explosion at east-end Toronto chemical plant leaves one dead​, one in critical condition

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TORONTO —
An explosion at a chemical plant in Toronto’s east end on Wednesday has left one person dead.

Police received a call just before 10 a.m. reporting an explosion at a Siltech chemical plant in the area of 225 Wicksteed Avenue, near Don Mills Road and Eglinton Avenue East, in East York.

One patient has been pronounced dead on scene and another has been rushed to Sunnybrook Hospital in critical condition, acting Toronto Fire Chief Jim Jessop told reporters.

Multiple other patients suffered chemical burns and are currently being assessed, according to Toronto Fire.

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The identity of the deceased has yet to be released.

“Our hazardous materials crews are now working with the owner in making sure that the situation is completely stabilized and mitigated,” Jessop said. “As of right now, there is no risk to the public.”

Toronto Fire says the resulting fire has been put out and that their crews have been pulled from the building.

“I suspect it will be a while before we get back into the building,” said Jessop, adding that, first, crews would need to ensure that chemicals are stabilized.

The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) has been notified of the explosion and says that an inspector has been assigned to the ongoing investigation.

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Roads in the area are closed and Toronto Fire says they will be monitoring air quality and speed as this situation progresses. 

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