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Police say ‘no criminal element’ in fatal house fire

Hay River RCMP say there was “no criminal element” identified in the house fire on the K’atl’odeeche First Nation Reserve that lead to the death of one person last week.

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Hay River RCMP and the Northwest Territories Major Crimes Unit and Forensic Identification Services completed their investigation into the fatal fire. The territory’s fire marshal’s office continues to investigate.

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On Feb. 15 police arrived on the scene around 5:30 p.m. to find the house fully engulfed in flames.

One woman was rescued from the home and transported to the Hay River Regional Health Centre for medical treatment. Once extinguished, a second person was discovered dead inside the home.

Members of the community banded together, raising donations at the local band office for the victim’s family.

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