MONTCERF-LYTTON – A forensic team arrived Saturday in a Canadian city of Lytton, Canada, which was destroyed in a wildfire aimed at confirming reports that two people had died in the clash, forcing residents to leave their homes just minutes before. A few days ago.
The British Columbia Forensic Service indicated that it would enter the devastated village of Lytton, about 150 kilometers (95 miles) northeast of Vancouver – “only if it is deemed safe.”
A day after handling a temperature of 49.6 degrees Celsius (121.2 Fahrenheit), nearly 1,000 residents of Lytton fled their homes Wednesday afternoon.
One of the residents said he saw his parents die when an electrical connection fell on them while trying to escape the blaze.
Jeff Chapman told the CBC News that he and his parents, in their 60s, were preparing for dinner when they saw smoke and flames approaching.
“There’s nothing we can do,” Chapman said. “It came so fast, we couldn’t go anywhere.”
Chapman said he helped his parents shelter in a trench dug to repair the septic system. The trench was covered with tin. For the next 45 minutes he lay on the gravel of a railroad track.
When he returned to his parents, an electrical connection fell on them.
“We only tried to recover what we had worked for all our lives,” he said. “Maybe it’s not the best, but it’s our home.”
Survivors of the blaze took refuge in different evacuation centers in different parts of the province.
John Hogan, executive chairman of Lytton First Town, said many people were devastated that they had lost their homes.
“It’s shocking to many,” he told Global News. “They still can’t use the idea that they have no home to go back to.”
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