RCMP Determine Fatal Fire In Pubnico Head Is Not Suspicious

Posted on Monday, January 8, 2018 17:15 PM

A house fire in Yarmouth County that claimed the lives of four children is not suspicious.

The Nova Scotia RCMP Major Crimes Unit has conducted a preliminary investigation into the fatal fire in Pubnico Head.

RCMP still have not confirmed officially the number of victims, their ages or genders.

A source close to the family confirmed to Acadia News yesterday afternoon that the victims were four children.

Two others escaped and were taken to hospital with undetermined injuries.

Cpl. Jenn Clarke says the N.S Medical Examiner's Service has assumed the lead of the investigation under the Nova Scotia Fatality Investigations Act.

"We continue to offer our support and condolences to the community and our members who have been affected by this loss."

Dr. Matthew Bowes, the province's Medical Examiner says they'll continue their work at the site over the coming days, and results will be shared directly with the families as well as the RCMP and Office of the Fire Marshal.

Dr. Bowes extended heartfelt sympathies to the families of those lost in the fire as well as the community as they grieve.

Two of the children who died were students at Drumlin Heights Consolidated School.

Today, the Tri-County Regional School Board sent an Incident Response Team to the school to support students and staff as they deal with this tragic event.

The Board says they'll continue to monitor the situation over the next couple of days and will provide any and all resources available to the school as needed.

In a letter sent home to parents and guardians, the school confirms two of its students died on January 7th suddenly and unexpectedly.

The letter says students will have varied reactions to the death of a peer.

They encourage parents to talk with their children and offered suggestions for providing comfort.

Meanwhile, the MLA for Argyle-Barrington Chris d'Entremont says the community of Pubnico and beyond want to help out as best they can.

"The Argyle-Pubnico Baptist Church will be opening its doors for people who do need some help or want to go and talk about it. We're hearing about some possible fundraisers for the families. Over the next few days, some of those plans will solidify."

d'Entremont says he and many others in the community are feeling 'helpless and sad.'

He says in small communities where everybody knows everybody, it's difficult to see any family or community go through this tragedy.