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Orangeville-area boy, 9, dies after snow fort collapse

A nine-year-old boy has died after he was found in a collapsed snow fort on Wednesday.

The boy, identified as Zachary, was playing in his backyard when the fort collapsed sometime around 3:30 p.m. His mother was able to dig him out and she performed CPR until the ambulance arrived.

He was rushed to Headwaters Hospital, where he later died.

Zachary was a Grade 4 student at a elementary school in Orangeville.

Orangeville Coun. Jeremy Williams said in a Facebook post on Thursday that Zachary was a “wonderful, cheerful boy who was full of happiness and light.”

Ontario Provincial Police Const. Paul Nancekivell told CityNews emergency crews were called to a home on County Road 11, in the Township of Amaranth.

No other details will be released as the OPP investigate.

A similar tragedy took place last month in Winnipeg where a nine-year-old boy was buried under a fallen snowbank outside his home. He died in hospital three days later.

With files from The Canadian Press

The above version has been modified to remove Zachary’s last name on the request of his family.

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