Third Quebec factory explosion victim dies

The explosion at the plant Neptune Technologies and Bioresources, located at 795 St. Pepin in...

The explosion at the plant Neptune Technologies and Bioresources, located at 795 St. Pepin in Sherbrooke Industrial Park, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012. (QMI Agency/CLAUDE CROISETIERE)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:22 PM ET

MONTREAL - A third person has died after the fatal explosion at a Quebec factory on Thursday.

Marc Couture died Saturday night.

He was one of 19 people injured after an explosion tore apart the Neptune Technologies and Bioresources Inc. factory in Quebec's Eastern Townships. Two workers were found dead in the rubble.

Couture had severe burns and had been in a medically-induced coma since Thursday.

Earlier on Saturday, the woman who survived being buried for six hours under the rubble was released from hospital on Saturday afternoon.

Four of the 19 people injured in the blast are still in hospital.

About 15,000 litres of acetone, a common solvent, ignited and gutted the factory.

One man is in hospital in Sherbrooke with multiple fractures. Four others, including Couture, were transferred to a burn unit in Montreal. The remaining patients in the burn unit are in critical, but stable condition.

About 130 workers at the plant were given psychological treatment after the blast.


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