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Forest firefighter in Fort Francis, Ont., dies from medical emergency

FORT FRANCIS — Officials say a contract firefighter working in the Fort Francis, Ont., area has died. 

Fire information officer Chris Marchand says the firefighter died following a medical issue. 

The person's identity has not been released at the request of the family. 

Marchand says the ministry is assisting with ongoing investigations headed by the Ontario Provincial Police, contract provider and the coroner's office, among others. 

Marchand says Ontario has welcomed more than 100 firefighters from Mexico and nine from Wisconsin to help battle the blazes in the northwest corner of the province. 

Marchand says about 25 contract crews have also been hired to assist. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 19, 2021. 

The Canadian Press

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