Canada
Two killed in Ontario house fire

Credits: Jane Sims, QMI Agency

JANE SIMS | QMI AGENCY

MT. BRYDGES, Ont. -- No working smoke detectors were found inside a duplex where two people perished in a fire early Saturday.

Fire investigators and police were on the scene of the fire at 701 Railroad St. —  a two-storey duplex where a woman, 41, and a man, 34, died.

The names of the dead haven’t been released and aren’t expected to be released Saturday.

Mike Ross from the Ontario Fire Marshall’s office said the fire originated on the ground floor and as of early afternoon, investigators hadn’t determined a cause.

“At this juncture right now there’s no indication of functioning smoke alarms in the house,” Ross said.
Strathroy-Caradoc Deputy Police Chief Mark Campbell said fire crews were called to the fire at around 3 a.m. after a call from one of the two people in the upstairs apartment who reported smelling smoke.

Both people from the second-floor unit were able to get out. They were treated for minor injuries at Strathroy General Hospital and released.

Strathroy-Caradoc police criminal investigations unit were also investigating the blaze, Campbell said, to look “at all avenues of the investigation.”

“At this point we are not leaning towards foul play,” he said.

The white-sided house is at the eastern end of a dead end street and just south of the railroad tracks that cut through the Middlesex County community. Beside the property is a welding shop.

A ladder was leaning on the side of the house to a missing second floor window. Tattered curtains were blowing in the breeze out a window on the floor that had been hit by fire.

A light brown pickup with farming licence plates and no tailgate was still parked behind the yellow police tape. A decal in the back window was from the Boot Hill Country Jamboree near Bothwell.

An OPP forensics truck also arrived to help in the investigation.

A man and woman came to the scene briefly to talk to a police investigator.

Firefighters and police at the scene said they couldn’t recall any fatal house fires in the community in decades.

Mt. Brydges is located just east of London, Ont.

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