Three people in hospital after Shamattawa house fire

Three people were taken to the Shamattawa nursing station and then to hospital after a Jan. 21 house fire in the remote Northern Manitoba First Nation.

Shamattawa RCMP were notified of the fire on Bear Avenue around 11:15 p.m. Tuesday. The three occupants of the home – an 88-year-old female, a 44-year-old male and a 63-year-old male – remained in hospital as of Jan. 23.

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The Thompson Citizen received an anonymous call Thursday morning from a person who said that no fire truck responded to the blaze because the keys couldn’t be found and the fire truck’s pump was frozen.

A 2015 inquest into two 2011 fires that killed four people in St.Theresa Point and God’s Lake First Nation heard that neither community had a functioning fire truck at the time. St.Theresa Point did not have a fire department, while God’s Lake First Nation did not have a fire chief.

RCMP said the cause of the fire does not appear to be suspicious at this time but they continue to investigate with assistance from the Manitoba Office of the Fire Commissioner.


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