The man who was killed last week in an explosion at a Nisku welding shop has been identified.

A former coworker tells CTV News 40-year-old Devron Chase was the one killed on December 27th.

Chase was working at Ja-Co Welding and Consulting' when the explosion happened. Two other men were taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Chase’s wife and three daughters sent the following statement to CTV News:

“We are heartbroken and devastated over the loss of a beautiful soul, our husband, father, son, brother, friend. Words cannot express the loss that has and will continue to be felt in our lives. Devron was a loving family man who worked incredibly hard and loved harder. His life touched so many, and we are extremely proud of the man he was and the legacy he left behind. He will live on forever in our hearts, and we are incredibly grateful to have had him in our lives, even if it could not be for as long as we had hoped.”

A stop work order was issued at the business by Occupational Health and Safety on December 29 while officials investigated. The stop work order was lifted for the main building only on December 31.

The cause of the explosion is still under investigation.