He spent the whole day extinguishing fires, then a terrible accident: Four firefighters died

Four firefighters who returned home overnight after battling wildfires in British Columbia, Canada, died in a horrific car accident Wednesday. Forest fires have been going on in many parts of the country for weeks. The crash, which killed four firefighters, occurred about a mile west of Juniper Beach Provincial Park between Cache Creek and Walhachin, where more than 380 fires are still active. At around 02:00 at night, the fire truck they were in collided with a semi-trailer coming from the opposite direction. They all died instantly.

The driver of the semi-trailer was injured: he was taken to hospital and out of danger. Yesterday’s accident brings to eight the number of workplace deaths since the start of Canada’s new wildfire season: seven firefighters and a helicopter pilot. British Columbia Premier David Eby and Forestry Minister Bruce Ralston said in a joint statement that they were “heartbroken” by the deaths of contract workers during “an extremely challenging fire season.” Firefighters “are on the front lines in many parts of British Columbia, creating hope out of despair and working tirelessly to save lives. Words cannot express the depth of our gratitude.”

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