Infant, two toddlers identified among nine killed in Pikangikum fire

The youngest of the victims was identified as five-month-old Amber Strang

(Ireland Peters, 4 (left), Amber Strang, five months (centre) and Aubree Strang, 2, died in a fire the broke out in a home late last Tuesday on the Pikangikum First Nation. Facebook/photo)

APTN National News
The Ontario Provincial Police on Monday released the names of the six adults and three children who died in a fire that consumed a home on the Pikangikum First Nation last Tuesday.

The youngest of the victims was identified as five-month-old Amber Strang, who died along with her siblings Ireland Peters and 4, Aubree Strang, 2.

The children’s parents Dietrich Peters, 35, and Faith Strang, 24, also died in the fire.

Faith Strang’s parents, Dean Strang, 51, and Annette Strang, 49,  died in the fire, along with son Gilbert Strang, 31 and his girlfriend Sylvia Peters, 41.

According to the OPP statement the home destroyed by fire was the primary residence of Dean and Annette Strang.

The OPP said the cause of death for all nine victims was smoke inhalation.

The OPP said the cause of the fire is still under investigation, but foul play is not suspected.

The fire broke out at the Dunsford Rd. home shortly before 11:44 p.m. last Tuesday.

Pikangikum Chief Dean Owen told APTN National News previously neighbours tried to rescue the occupants of the home but the fire spread too quickly.

Pikangikum, a fly-in Ojibway community, sits about 500 kilometres north of Thunder Bay, Ont.

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