July 26th, 2021

TSB investigating grass fire sparked by train in Calgary, other fires in B.C.


By The Canadian Press on July 20, 2021.

A motorist watches from a pullout on the Trans-Canada Highway as a wildfire burns on the side of a mountain in Lytton, B.C., Thursday, July 1, 2021. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is investigating after sparks from a train ignited a grass fire in Calgary. The TSB is similarly investigating the possibility a freight train caused a wildfire in Lytton, B.C. that forced the evacuation of nearby residents. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

CALGARY – The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is investigating after sparks from a train ignited a grass fire in Calgary.

An investigator was deployed by the national agency on Monday.

They say the blaze took place two days earlier and was put out by the local fire department.

The safety board is similarly investigating the possibility a freight train caused a wildfire in Lytton, B.C., that killed two people and destroyed much of the village.

Officials have also said they are investigating a case in Sparwood, B.C., involving a train after a report from another train’s crew of a brush fire.

Investigators are still assessing all three fires.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 20, 2021.

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