Pipeline installation engineer dies after fire near Fort McMurray

The owner of a pipeline installation in Fort McMure, Alta., died after a fire engulfed the pipeline in early January.

The Fort McMures Fire Service said the cause of the blaze is under investigation.

The Fire Protection Agency says a fire crew responded to a call about a leak of gas on January 6, and discovered a fire in a pipe that had been in use for the past five years.

A spokesperson for the fire service said they are working to determine the cause.

The cause of death will be determined at a later date, the spokesperson said.

In a statement on Tuesday, the company said that a maintenance supervisor for the project, Jason Knecht, was in the process of repairing a leak in the pipeline, and he passed away on January 11.

Kneachtt, 45, worked at the facility for a decade, the statement said.

“Jason passed away in his sleep,” it read.

The fire has destroyed more than 40 structures, the Fort McMurus Fire Service told CBC News in a statement.

The spokesperson for Calgary-based TransCanada Corp. said it is aware of the situation and is assisting with the investigation.

TransCanada has been the subject of a number of pipeline fires in recent years.

In March, TransCanada had to shut down a pipeline in Quebec after a blaze erupted near its facility in the area.

The company said the fire was contained and no injuries were reported.