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Fire leaves three dead in northern Ontario First Nation

May 9, 2013, Wunnumin Lake, Ont. – Three people, including two young children, are dead following a house fire in a remote northern Ontario First Nations community.

May 9, 2013
By The Canadian Press

May 9, 2013, Wunnumin Lake, Ont. – Three people, including two young children, are dead following a house fire in a remote northern Ontario First Nations community.

Sgt. Jackie George of the Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service says the fire happened Wednesday at about 9 a.m. at the Wunnumin Lake First Nation.

The dead have been identified as a one-year-old girl, a six-year-old girl and a 21-year-old woman, but there's no word on their relationship to one another.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known and an investigator with the Ontario Fire Marshal's office was on the way to the community Thursday.

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A post-mortem examination is to take place in Toronto, however no date has been set.

Crisis teams have also been sent to the community of roughly 600 people, where officials say residents are devastated by the tragedy.

The First Nation is located about 360 kilometres northeast of Sioux Lookout.