Lac-Megantic firefighter who found ex's body committed suicide

The wreckage of a train is pictured after an explosion in Lac Megantic July 6, 2013. Several people...

The wreckage of a train is pictured after an explosion in Lac Megantic July 6, 2013. Several people were missing after four tank cars of petroleum products exploded in the middle of a small town in the Canadian province of Quebec early on Saturday in a fiery blast that destroyed dozens of buildings. REUTERS/Mathieu Belanger

Nicolas Lachance, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:35 PM ET

SHERBROOKE, Que. — Pulling his ex-girlfriend's body from the rubble in Lac-Megantic, Que., led a young fireman to commit suicide, a coroner has ruled.

The report, issued this week, follows widespread warnings about the toll that Canada's deadliest railway explosion has taken on support staff.

The 25-year-old firefighter, who name was redacted from the report, was one of the first responders to the train derailment and explosion on July 6.

Forty-seven people died in the town near Quebec's border with Maine.

Coroner Robert Giguere's report said the young man had only begun working as an apprentice firefighter 10 days earlier.

The report said the young firefighter was good friends with many who died.

A few days after the explosion, he "pulled his ex-girlfriend from the rubble," the coroner wrote.


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