Firefighter dies battling grass fire near Hilda, Alberta

By CHAT News Today
October 18, 2017 - 11:53am Updated: October 18, 2017 - 3:37pm

DUNMORE, AB — Cypress County has confirmed a firefighter has died while battling the fires in southern Alberta Tuesday night.

James Hargrave, 34, a member of the Walsh Fire Service, died while battling the fires near Hilda, a hamlet located approximately 67 kilometres northeast of Medicine Hat.

"James was very community minded and joined the fire services to help and protect residents near and far," a release from the county read. "He was a great father and will be dearly missed by his wife, children, extended family, friends, neighbours and fellow first responders."

According to RCMP in Alberta and Saskatchewan, Hargarve's death happened while Cypress County Firefighters were helping firefighters after the fire spread into Saskatchewan and was threatening the communities of Burstall and Leader.

According to the news release, a water truck Hargrave was driving was involved in a motor vehicle collision on a grid road 10 kilometres south of Burstall. The water truck lost control and rolled over, and a pick up truck was involved in the collision following the initial rollover. Hargrave was pronounced dead at the scene while the driver of the pick-up suffered minor injuries.

RCMP are investigating the collision to determine if fire and smoke were factors of the collision.

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