July 18, 2013 5:20 pm

Obama offers U.S. help over Lac-Megantic disaster

Work continues at the crash site of the train derailment and fire Tuesday, July 16, 2013 in Lac-Megantic, Que.

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U.S. President Barack Obama has sent a letter expressing his condolences over the tragedy in Lac-Megantic, Que., and offering American help if needed.

The letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper was released today by the Prime Minister’s Office.

Obama writes that, on behalf of the American people, he expresses his sadness over what he describes as a “devastating loss of life.”

He says he was heartened to learn of the help U.S. firefighters offered, just as Canadians in the past have stood by the U.S. in difficult times.

The letter concludes with an offer of any help the U.S. government might be able to provide in the aftermath of the disaster.

Other foreign governments, the Pope and the Queen have offered similar condolences.

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