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Children believed dead in Ontario.  First Nations house fire

SAND LAKE, ONT. — Officials say “several children” died in a fire at a remote First Nation in northwestern Ontario.

Nishnawbe Aski Nation Deputy Grand Chief Bobby Narcisse said the fire occurred overnight in Sandy Lake First Nation.

Narcisse says the details of the incident have just come in.

He says Nishnawbe Aski police are investigating with the help of the Ontario Provincial Police and the province’s Office of the Fire Marshal.

Narcisse says words cannot express the grief he shares with family and community.

He says his organization, which represents 49 First Nations in northern Ontario, is in touch with Sandy Lake leaders to help in any way.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on January 14, 2022.

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