Three children dead following house fire in Brampton


Published January 20, 2022 at 3:20 pm

Three boys have died after a house fire in Brampton, Ont. on Thursday morning. 

Peel Paramedic Supt. Jay Szymanski said the children were nine, 12 and 15 years old.

He said paramedics transported the boys, who were without vital signs and in critical condition, to a local hospital.

“All have, subsequently, unfortunately, been pronounced (dead),” he said.

Peel Regional Police Const. Akhil Mooken said crews responded to the house fire just after 9 a.m. Thursday morning. 

He said the home was fully engulfed in flames.

“(We arrived) maybe a minute or two before the fire department did. Officers tried several times, to try and rescue the occupants inside. But unfortunately, they were not successful,” he said.

Firefighters were able to get the children out before they were taken to hospital. 

Police confirmed no other occupants were at the house when officers arrived.

They are working with Brampton Fire and Emergency Services as well as the Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office to determine the cause of the fire.

Brampton Fire Chief Bill Boyes said the fire is still an active scene but is under control. 

“We are still working to extinguish all elements of the fire,” he said. 

Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown said he was heartbroken by the news of the fire.

“No words can adequately describe the enormity of this loss. No words do justice,” Brown said on social media. 

“Our community grieves with this Brampton family, their friends and relatives.”

One firefighter was injured and was being assessed by paramedics at the scene, Brown said.

Premier Doug Ford said he was briefed of the fire this morning. 

“My heart just breaks for the family and the whole community,” Ford told reporters at a press conference Thursday.

“What a loss. It’s terrible. Absolutely terrible.” 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 20, 2022.  

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