Seven Canadians of Pakistani origin die due to house fire in Alberta on Friday.
According to the local officials, a fire ripped through a home in Chestermere, Alberta.
Seven Canadians of Pakistani origin die due to house fire in Alberta
The cause of the fire, which ranks among the deadliest in Canada in recent years, not immediately known.
The fire happened at 2:30 a.m. on Friday when neighbors heard a “loud bang” at a home.
It situated in the 300 block of Oakmere Close in Chestermere, about 14 kilometers east of Calgary.
Photos from the scene showed that the back of the home was completely destroyed.
“Two related family units were in the home at the time of the fire,” Alberta RCMP said in a statement on Friday afternoon. “One adult male and four children were able to escape the fire; tragically, seven other occupants were unable to.”
Meanwhile, officials identified the victims as a man and a woman in their late 30s, a 35-year-old woman, a boy and a girl aged 12, an 8-year-old girl, and a 4-year-old boy.
The five people who survived the fire remained under assessment of paramedics.
However, they shifted the four children to hospital as a precaution.
According to the RCMP statement, the cause of the fire remains under Chestermere RCMP’s investigation.
However, the preliminary investigation does not indicate it criminal in nature.
Meanwhile, Chestermere Mayor Marshall Chalmers described the loss of seven people as “overwhelming.”
The Mayor expressed his gratitude to first responders.
He said words cannot effectively express the devastation on our community.
He further said: “Our hearts ache for this family, this neighbourhood, and the community at large.”