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Update: Deaths of two people found after house fire in Lac Brochet resulted from homicide, RCMP say

RCMP and Office of the Fire commissioner investigating blaze that was reported around 7 a.m. Sept. 9.
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Thompson RCMP officers responded to a fire in Lac Brochet Sept. 9 and found the remains of two people inside the house where it occurred.

RCMP said Sept. 15 that the deaths of two people whose bodies were found after a house fire in Lac Brochet are now considered homicides.

The fire at Northlands Denesuline First Nation was reported to Thompson RCMP by First Nation safety officers around 7 a.m. Sept. 9*. The safety officers held the scene until RCMP arrived.

Reports indicated that one or possibly two adults from the community could not be accounted for and might be in the home.

RCMP officers and Forensic Identification Services members entered the home after the fire was out and located the remains of two people, which were sent to Winnipeg for an autopsy.

RCMP Major Crime Services and the Office of the Fire Commissioner are investigating.

Major Crime Services investigators remain in the community and are asking anyone with information about these deaths and the fire to call the RCMP tip line at 431-489-8551, Crimes Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477 or to submit a tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com.

*Manitoa RCMP corrected their initial news release later on Septy. 13 to clarify that the fire was reported on the morning of Sept. 9.