UPDATE: Man was putting away snowblower when shed caught fire

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Martin McAskill died as result of injuries from Stratford shed fire

STRATFORD — Martin McAskill appeared to have been trying to put winter behind him when a shed fire claimed his life Sunday.

Police say McAskill, 59, was putting his snowblower away in a garden-type shed next to his Stratford home when the small structure caught fire.

A neighbour told police the shed was fully engulfed in flames with plenty of smoke pouring out.

McAskill was lying on the ground outside of the shed when police, the first responders, arrived.

RCMP Sgt. Andrew Blackadar says the exact cause of death has yet to be determined but smoke inhalation is the suspected cause. McAskill also received burns to his body. An autospy is being performed by the Coroner’s Office.

Blackadar believes McAskill, who was pronounced dead at the scene, may have been in the shed when the structure caught fire.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Office of the Fire Marshall.

RCMP, Island EMS and Crossroads Fire Department responded to the shed fire on Aylward Drive at 8:30 a.m. Sunday.UPD

Organizations: RCMP, Office of the Fire Marshall, Crossroads Fire Department

Geographic location: Stratford

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