11 a.m., April 23)
Remains found in Orléans group home fire identified as teenage
By Fred Sherwin
The Orléans Star
body found in the aftermath of a residential house fire
on Old Montreal Road on Friday have been identified as those
of a teenage girl.
fire broke out at 1105 Old Montreal Rd. shortly before
2:30 p.m. on Friday. Fire crews were able to respond within
minutes, but were unable to extinguish the flames before
the blaze completely gutted the small white bungalow which
was being used as a group home.
firefighter and a fire inspector stand outside
1105 Old Montreal Rd. where the body of a
teenage girl was found in the aftermath of
a fire on Friday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
to reports, several residents were able to escape the
blaze with minor injuries. The remains of the teenage
girl, who has yet to be positively identified, were found
after the fire was put out.
exact cause of the blaze is still unknown at this time.
The fire marshal's office has been called in to investiagate.
is believed the group home was being operated by Stepping
Stones Foster Care Inc., which is licensed by the province
to provide residential care for children and youth under
the Child and Family Services Act.
a statement released on Saturday, Ontario Ministry of
Children and Youth Services spokesperson Rob McMahon called
the deadly fire an absolute tragedy.
thoughts are with the caregivers, young people and their
families throughout this difficult time, McMahon
said in a news release. Our top concern is always
the safety of all children and youth in care.
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business partners.)
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