House Fire Victims Identified – 5 Deceased (4 Kids)

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(KITCHENUHMAYKOOSIB INNINUWUG (K.I.) FIRST NATION, ON) โ€“ On May 5, 2019, five bodies were located and recovered from a home that was destroyed as a result of a residential fire on Macheetao Road in the community of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation on May 2, 2019.

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The Ontario Forensic Pathology Services โ€“ Forensic Anthropology (OFPS) and Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario (OCCO) in Toronto have completed post mortem examinations and determined the cause of death to be smoke inhalation.

The five victims have been identified as:

  • Geraldine Chapman (47)
  • Angel McKay (12)
  • Carl Cutfeet (9)
  • Hailey Chapman (7)
  • Shyra Chapman (6)

The investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing by members of the OPP North West Regional Crime Unit and OPP FIS under the direction of Detective Inspector Pete Liptrott of the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) in cooperation with the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management.

The First Nation community has declared a state of emergency due to the impact and trauma that the residents are facing from this deeply saddening tragedy. There is a lack of mental health support in the community to deal with the number of people dealing with the loss.

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Nishnawbe Aski Nation has stepped up and sent support along with other First Nation communities.

Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler and Mushkegowuk Council Grand Chief Jonathan Solomon release the following statements following a tragic house fire that claimed five lives in Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug:

โ€œWe were saddened to learn of the tragedy this morning and our prayers are with the victims, their families and the entire community during this difficult time. This is a devastating loss for the community. We have assured Chief and Council that we will support them in any way possible as they grieve in the days and weeks ahead.โ€ โ€“ Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler

โ€œOn behalf of the Mushkegowuk Council, Council of Chiefs and our citizens, we would like to express our sincere condolences to the community, the families and to the leadership of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug.โ€ โ€“ Grand Chief Jonathan Solomon.

Further information will be released as it becomes available.

Sources: OPP and NAN

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3 Replies to “House Fire Victims Identified – 5 Deceased (4 Kids)”

  1. I certainly hope Fiddler keeps his promise to help this community. Would be interested to see what he does. Hope the government sends in people to counsel them. Donโ€™t need any more deaths in this community.

  2. A very sad and tragic event for sure. This was a totally preventable situation. You do not need to be a rocket scientist to put a smoke detector in your home. I have at least two in my home and the one in my basement just sits on a ledge. Every spring and fall the battery gets checked. The governement has given the Natives plenty of funding for fire protection. Where has that money gone? We are often told the firetrucks are not functioning properly and no water is available. Why have they been left in such a disgusting state to begin with? Most reserves are close by water. Again where is the money the government hands out so generously to these communities going.? Allowing such a vital resource in the comminity to be in such dire conditions is incredibly neglectful. Are peoples lives not a priority in those commuities? What are the chiefs of those communities doing to prevent these tragedies from occuring in the first place? Why are the chiefs of these bands not insisting the people have a fire detector in every home for starters.? Are the chiefs not in charge of the affairs on the reserve? It is long overdue for those communities to get busy and rectify those horrifying situatuions.

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