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(UPDATED 11 a.m., April 23)
Remains found in Orléans group home fire identified as teenage girl

By Fred Sherwin
The Orléans Star

The 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.

The 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.

A 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

According 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.

The exact cause of the blaze is still unknown at this time. The fire marshal's office has been called in to investiagate.

It 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.

In a statement released on Saturday, Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services spokesperson Rob McMahon called the deadly fire “an absolute tragedy.”

“Our 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.”

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