Manitoba RCMP: Four children die in Thompson house fire


Four children have died after a fire broke out in a Thompson, Man., dwelling Wednesday night time.

Thompson RCMP had been coping with a name in the 100 block of Queens Bay once they heard noise coming from one other dwelling down the road.

RCMP stated officers may see smoke coming from the house.

Fire crews had been known as and located the house totally engulfed in flames.

A 41-year-old girl and a 62-year-old man, together with a 13-year-old woman had been all in a position to escape the house. However, the lady informed emergency crews that there have been nonetheless 4 children inside the house on the second flooring.

Crews had been in a position to get the fire below management and located the 4 children inside. They had been all taken to hospital however later died of their accidents.

“I offer my sincere condolences to the family, to the community, and to everyone who is grieving today. This is a heartbreaking tragedy that will have a lasting impact on so many within Thompson and throughout the entire province,” stated Assistant Commissioner Rob Hill, Commanding Officer of the Manitoba RCMP, in a information launch.

Family have recognized the children as Helen Joy Keeper, Leon Keeper Jr., Big Bear Keeper and Rowan Thomas. RCMP stated the children had been 10, 9, 7, and 4 years previous, respectively.

Shirley Robinson, a cousin of the household and a band councillor for Cross Lake First Nation, known as the tragedy, “heartbreaking.”

“I’ve been crying on and off as I’ve been driving on this road,” she stated Thursday on her method dwelling from Winnipeg.

Robinson stated the 4 children had been shut with one another and their household.

“They were so full of life,” she stated. “They were very playful, joyful, and they welcomed you with a hug and a kiss when you saw them. You know, it’s so unfortunate that they’re gone today.”

RCMP stated the 2 adults and the 13-year-old woman had been all taken to hospital with non-life-threatening accidents.

The explanation for the fire has not been decided and RCMP, together with the Office of the Fire Commissioner proceed to analyze.

Eric Redhead, the NDP MLA for Thompson, provided condolences to the neighborhood on the Manitoba Legislature.

“Thompson is a very tight-knit community, so we know this is going to have a ripple effect across the community,” he stated throughout a scrum following query interval.

Redhead stated he will probably be heading as much as Thompson to fulfill with the household and the neighborhood.

“It’s important to be there because these are four young children who have lost their lives to a preventable tragedy,” he stated. “As a father myself, I can’t even fathom that. I want to show my support to the family and the community of Thompson, that I’m going to be there through thick and thin.”

-With information from CTV’s Devon McKendrick.


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