Immigration officials expect positive outcome for the victim family.
Twenty-four year old Parminder Saini was working night shift at the Sunrise Propane on August 10. During the early morning hours on that day, an explosion tote through the site that sent fragments flying for blocks.
Mr. Saini came to Canada from India to study at Sheridan College during December and he is missing since the blast. Although remains of human body were later recovered in the ruins, its identity is not known yet.
In search of Saini, his family in India had applied for visas but apart from his father, everyone else’s visa has been denied, said Madona Mokbel, spokeswoman of Citizenship and Immigration Canada. In order to express CIC’s sympathy towards the family, Ms. Mokbel said on Monday evening that her department is expecting a positive outcome within the next twenty-four hours. She emphasized on the fact that they not taking the issue lightly and will try to do something that will make the family happy.
The coroner’s investigation results into the body found will be released only after the investigation by the office of the Ontario Fire Marshal is over. Although the OFM investigation team left the blast site last week, but according to OFM’s assistant deputy fire marshal for investigation Bernie Silvestri, a lengthy lab investigation is still to be done.
This week, the site will be occupied by Ministry of Labour investigators and after they finish their work, the property will he handed back to its owner.
The Technical Standard and Safety Authority said last week that the dangerous and prohibited practice of truck-to-truck transfer of propane was been done on the site immediately before the explosion. However, the TSSA did not confirm whether it suspected that this resulted in the explosion.
The TSSA applied last week to close Sunrise Propane’s three sites temporarily, the biggest of which was the one that razed in the explosion. It also applied to revoke their rights to distribute propane permanently. Sunrise has fifteen days time to appeal for a meeting with a TSSA’s senior official. The TSSA said on Monday afternoon that it hasn’t been done yet.
Danny Roth, spokesman of Sunrise refused to comment on the issue on Monday.
A solidarity walk through the effected area will be lead by the local counselor Maria Augimeri, on Tuesday afternoon. She will be accompanied by officials from Toronto EMS, Toronto Fire and the Canadian Red Cross.
Bob Leek, Toronto Fire District Chief, also died while he was investigating the explosion.