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Three killed in Toronto house fire

Feb. 25, 2008, Toronto - The manager of a non-profit housing co-op says members of the group are “reeling'' over the deaths of a father and two young children in a fire at a Toronto home.

February 25, 2008 
By The Canadian Press

The west-end home was owned by Wigwamen, a co-op that serves the aboriginal community.

Wigwamen manager Angus Palmer says the co-op will do everything it can to help the dead father's wife and third child, who managed to escape the blaze that broke out early Saturday.

The mother and young daughter were taken to hospital and later released after being treated for burns and smoke inhalation.

Police say when officers arrived on the scene they found the woman standing in front of the burning home holding a child.


The Toronto Star is identifying the victims as Stuart Cameron, 44, his children MacKenzie, 5 and Arthur, 4.

The Star identified the mother as Loretta, 29, and her daughter Tara, 2.

Wigwamen managed more than 400 housing units across the city and inspects its properties regularly to make sure smoke detectors are in working order, Palmer told the Star.

“We take fire safety really seriously,'' Palmer said. “We do inspections four times a year, we don't mess around with it.''

The Cameron home was last inspected Dec 6, 2007, he said.

Palmer said he was told the smoke detector was working and alerted Loretta Cameron, who was able to rescue her youngest child.

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