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Girl dies in Peawanuck house fire: MP

Angus says there's no firefighting equipment in the remote Northern community
File photo. Kenneth Armstrong/Village Media

A young girl died in a house fire in Peawanuck this weekend, says Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus. 

In a news conference today, Angus sent his deepest condolences to the Wabano family, who lost their daughter in the fire.

The remote community in Northern Ontario is about 35 kilometres south of Hudson Bay. The community, says Angus, has no firefighting equipment.

"How is it possible in Canada that … do not have the basic fire protection. It reminds us, it reminds me deeply, of the work that needs to be done. I will be following up. I reached out to the people of Peawanuck and I will be speaking with the Minister on how we have to address this inequity,” he said.

Ten people were living in the home devastated by the fire on Jan. 28, according to the GoFundMe set up for the family. 

"The family has absolutely nothing for the clothes on their back. They are presently living in the Band office with little to no supplies. we are seeking financial donations. Deal with the devastation and the loss of their beautiful 10-year-old daughter," reads the GoFundMe page.

Donations for the family are also being collected in Moosonee.


More details will be shared when available.