One person is reportedly dead following a house fire on the K’atl’odeeche First Nation Reserve near Hay River Wednesday night.
UPDATE: One dead, another hospitalized after fire on Hay River Reserve
Moose FM has reached out to the local RCMP detachment and fire department for comment but has yet to receive a response.
Other media reports suggest the roof of the building collapsed after it caught fire and that firefighters were on the scene late into the night.
The name and gender of the victim haven’t been released at this time.
The territory’s chief coroner and RCMP’s Major Crimes Unit have been called in to investigate.
Hay River Mayor Brad Mapes says his thoughts are with the victims.
“My thoughts and prayers are with the KFN community for their loss of life from the house fire,” he wrote in a Facebook status published early Thursday morning.
“Our community of Hay River will mourn together and help move forward. I give my thanks to the RCMP, Fire Chef [Ross] Potter and our fire department for their work.”
I'm very sad to learn of the fire on the K'atl'odeeche Reserve that has tragically resulted in loss of life. My thought are with you all
— Kieron Testart (@KieronTestart) February 16, 2017