Fire Investigation Ongoing in Mishkeegogamang
Mishkeegogamang – A fatal fire on the Mishkeegogamang Ojibway First Nation has seen four people die. The fire happened on Thursday, February 13, 2014, at approximately 3:00AM CST. A mother, her two sons, and her nephew died in the fire. The Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service members at the Mishkeegogamang Detachment have began an investigation of the residential fire.
As a result of a joint force investigation with the following agencies; the Nishnawbe-Aski Police North West Region Crime Unit, the Ontario Provincial Police Forensic Identification Service, as well as the Ontario Fire Marshal Emergency Management Fire Investigation Services, the Ontario Forensic Pathology Service, and, the Office of the Chief Coroner, it can now be confirmed that the human remains of four individuals have been located within the dwelling.
The post mortem examinations are to be conducted in Toronto, Ontario at the Provincial Pathology Unit later this week.
This investigation is still ongoing and further updates will be released as they become available.
The community is in shock, and the feeling of mourning has been felt across many Northern communities.
A group of volunteers from Thunder Bay have started making their way to the community to offer help and assistance.
The First Nation community is seeking help and assistance including donations of food and other supplies.
From Thunder Bay, Erin Marie Blue Jacket is organizing a group to leave to the community offering support.
Mishkeegogamang Ojibway First Nation is located approximately 315 km northwest of Thunder Bay, Ontario.
Anyone with information which they feel could assist the NAPS Investigation are encouraged to contact Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service.