UPDATE: FATAL HOUSE FIRE UNDER INVESTIGATION IN NIBINAMIK FIRST NATION Print

(Summer Beaver, ON) On January 13, 2011, Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service began an investigation into a residential fire in the First Nation community of Nibinamik that claimed the lives of two young children and injured a third child.

A total of three children and their two parents occupied the residence.  The bodies of the two deceased boys aged 2 and 3 years old, have been transported to Toronto for a Post-Mortem Examination to take place today.  The third injured child, a girl aged 6 months old, was transported to the Children's Hospital in London, Ontario and is in critical but stable condition in the Intensive Care Unit.  The child is still experiencing breathing complications and has no burn injuries.  The parents have no major injuries reported.

The cause of the fire is still to be determined however foul play is not suspected at this time.  Further information will be made available once results of the post-mortem examination have been completed.

Nibinamik First Nation is approximately 500 km northwest of Thunder Bay.

For further information, please contact:

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Sgt. Jackie George
Media Relations- Phone 807-346-6593
Nishnawbe -Aski Police Headquarters
Thunder Bay, Ontario