5 family members dead after early morning fire in Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug

The community of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) First Nation is in mourning after five people, all members of the same family, were killed in an early morning fire.

A statement released by the chief of the northern Ontario community, which is also known as Big Trout Lake, says the tragedy took place in a house Thursday morning.

“We are in utter disbelief as every community member is connected and impacted,” said Chief Donny Morris in a statement released Thursday afternoon.

“Today, our community mourns this tragic loss.”

It’s not clear what caused the fire and the names of the five people have not been released.

The community is pulling together – we’re also expecting outside resources to help.

The Ontario Provincial Police are sending investigators to look into the incident.

Weather may hamper efforts to get into KI. It’s snowing in the community and more is expected Friday.

KI is a fly in community with about 1,300 people located about 600 kilometres north of Thunder Bay.

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