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Fire on First Nation kills several people: police

March 30, 2016, Pikangikum, Ont. - Police say a house fire on the Pikangikum First Nation in northwestern Ontario has killed several people.

Const. Diana Cole says multiple people perished and several more are missing, but wouldn't provide any specific numbers.

The aboriginal news outlet APTN reported, however, that nine people have died, including three children. APTN cited community members who said the victims were all members of the same family.

Cole says the fire broke out shortly before midnight on Tuesday in the remote community near the Manitoba-Ontario border that's been plagued by suicides.

She says the blaze took place at a single home on the reserve.The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Police remain on the scene of the blaze.

March 30, 2016
By The Canadian Press