An early morning fire that ripped through a house in Brampton Monday has left two parents and their three children dead and one adult in critical condition.
Brampton Fire Chief Bill Boyes said fire crews were met with heavy smoke and flames when they arrived on the scene of the fire at Conestoga Drive and Sutter Avenue at approximately 2 am
The three-alarm fire made for a “difficult entry” for crews upon arrival, Boyes said.
“Our hearts are absolutely breaking,” Boyes said.
“What happened here today, to lose three children and two adults, with one additional person in life-threatening condition, it’s absolutely tragic.”
Two of the children were rushed by paramedics to hospital in life-threatening condition and died shortly after, Peel police Const. Heather Cannon told reporters at the scene. Two adults and a third child were found dead at the home.
Emergency officials have not released the identities of the victims but Boyes said they believe the ages of the children are six, eight and 11. He also said the two adults who were pronounced dead at the scene are the mother and father of the children.
The fire department did everything they could to rescue the occupants of the home, the chief said.
“They risked their lives to go into this fire and get these people out,” Boyes said, noting mental health resources would be made available to the firefighters.
“Unfortunately, it was a terrible outcome.”
One adult was able to get out of the house and was rushed to a trauma center in critical condition.
Two other adults were able to leave the house through the basement without physical injuries, Boyes said.
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“My prayers & condolences are with the family & friends who have been impacted by this devastating fire on Conestoga Dr in Brampton. Also grateful for the tireless efforts of our first responders who faced very difficult conditions,” Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown said in a tweet Monday morning.
Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie also said she was “heartbroken” to learn about the fire.
Boyes said firefighters were working to ensure there were no hotspots in the home on Monday morning before an investigation into the cause of the deadly fire could begin.
The investigation will be done in collaboration with the Office of the Fire Marshal, Peel Regional Police and Brampton fire investigators, he noted.
Boyes urged the public to follow fire safety procedures.
“If you’re at home, check your smoke alarms. Make sure you have a working carbon monoxide alarm. And make sure your family and your friends and all those that you live with know what to do in the event of a fire, know how to get out,” he said.
“We just don’t want to see in Brampton or across Ontario another tragic fire happen.”
Conestoga Drive between Sandalwood Parkway East and Cranmore Court is closed, Peel police said.