Glace Bay man killed in grass fire

Glace Bay man killed in grass fire

22 April 2008

published by www.capebretonpost.com


Glace Bay, Canada — Police are appealing to the public for information as they investigate the death of a 64-year-old man as a result of burns sustained in a grass fire.
“The victim was out walking his dog in a field near his home,” said Const. Gary Fraser of the Cape Breton Regional Police. “From information gathered at the scene, apparently, a couple of youths may have been in the field lighting fires. We are asking if anybody saw anyone in the area at the time of the fire or may have witnessed a man in the field or know anything about the fire or how it started, to give police a call.”
About 4:30 p.m., Sunday, a 24-year-old Glace Bay man was out walking when he heard a man screaming. He located a man kneeling in a field at the corner of Milton and Winona streets, surrounded by fire.
Const. Greg Livingstone said the man pulled the victim from the fire. The injured man was taken to the Cape Breton Regional Hospital in Sydney then airlifted to the burn unit at the QE II Health and Science Centre in Halifax.
The medical examiner contacted police Monday, stating the man died at 11:30 a.m.
“He had burns to 75 per cent of his body, from his feet to his chest.”
Bernie Bennett, assistant deputy chief of the Glace Bay Volunteer Fire Department, said when they arrived on the scene they saw a man on the side of the road.
“Police and paramedics were at the scene starting to work on him.”
Bennett said the grass fire was in a vacant lot, adjacent to the man’s house.
“We think he might have gone over to put it out and got overcome by the flames and smoke,” he said.
“There were a lot of concerned bystanders at the scene.”
Bennett said this shows the seriousness of grass fires.
He said the fire department has responded to 100-130 grass fires in the past three weeks. On April 16 alone, they responded to 27 grass fires.
“We even had a structure fire on May Street in the middle of them all,” Bennett said.
“With the amount of grass fires we have there is concern for the individual around the fire and our members too. We have families to go home to as well.”
Brent Denny, deputy fire chief of the Cape Breton Regional Fire Services, said the death of the Glace Bay man demonstrates the seriousness and consequences of grass fires.
“We now have had a loss of life and at least four structure fires as a result of recent grass fires,” Denny said.
“A lot of the grass fires are deliberate acts of vandalism and so senseless.”
Last year there were more than 1,200 grass fires in the Cape Breton Regional  Municipality, he added.
Livingstone said in the event of a loss of life or the destruction of a building by a deliberately set fire, a person could face charges ranging from arson to criminal negligence causing death.


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