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Sudden Death Investigation

Update July 21, 2017

The results of the autopsy have been received and the victim of the fire has been positively identified.  The investigation has determined the cause of the fire is not a criminal matter.  No further information will be released.

Media Contact:

S/Sgt Trevor Humphries
Major Crimes Section
Medicine Hat Police Service
Ph: 403-529-8421


On July 19, 2017 Medicine Hat Fire Service, EMS and Medicine Hat Police Service responded to the area of Hudson Way NE following a report of an explosion and fire at a residence. The resulting fire destroyed one home and caused extensive damage to two neighboring properties.

Once the scene was safe for examination, members of the MHPS Major Crimes Section worked with investigators from the Fire Services in an attempt to determine the cause of the explosion.  A search revealed human remains, which were located within the residence where the fire originated.

An autopsy will be performed today by the Medical Examiner’s office in Calgary to determine the identity of the victim and cause of death.

Media Contact:

S/Sgt Trevor Humphries
Major Crimes Section
Medicine Hat Police Service
Ph: 403-529-8421