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House fire in Fox Lake claims four lives

Last Updated Nov 14, 2022 at 8:07 am MST

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The small northern Alberta community of Fox Lake is in mourning after four people perished in a weekend house fire.

Around 6:45 a.m. on Nov. 12, 2022, RCMP were called to the remote village to find the residence destroyed.

Investigators noted it had likely been burning for some time.

Two children, an 11-year-old boy and a five-year-old girl initially thought to be in the home during the fire, were reported at the Fox Lake Nursing Station with non-life threatening injuries.

RCMP say officers located four bodies among the remains of the residence on Nov. 13.

The deceased have been transported to the Medical Examiner to determine their identity and cause of death.

The investigation is ongoing, but police say the fire does not appear to be suspicious.

Located within the Fox Lake 162 Indian reserve, the village is surrounded and independent from Mackenzie County.

Fox Lake is nearly 300 kilometers northwest of Fort McMurray.

With files from The Canadian Press