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Firefighter dies after suffering cardiac arrest while battling Cultus Lake blaze

WATCH ABOVE: Condolences are pouring in for a volunteer firefighter, who died this weekend. Brian Smyth passed away after having a heart attack while battling a fire near Cultus Lake. Jeremy Hunka reports.

A volunteer firefighter has died after suffering a cardiac arrest while battling a blaze near Cultus Lake earlier this week.

57-year-old Brian Smyth, a seven-year member of the Columbia Valley Volunteer Fire Department, passed away after two days on life support.

“We lost a member of the family. He kept us all close to the heart, like family,” said said Michael Soth, Chief of the Columbia Valley Fire Department.

“He was a very giving person and it was very important for him to give back to the community,”

Smyth fell ill Wednesday while assisting with a fire that gutted a house on Iverson Rd. It took fire crews at least four hours to knock down the blaze. A 91-year-old woman escaped the building without injury.

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The district says he continues to give back in death, as he donated his organs to save the lives of others. A full Line of Duty funeral for Smyth is being planned.

-with files from Canadian Press