(KITCHENUHMAYKOOSIB INNINUWUG (K.I.) FIRST NATION, ON) – On May 5, 2019, five bodies were located and recovered from a home that was destroyed as a result of a residential fire on Macheetao Road in the community of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation on May 2, 2019.
The Ontario Forensic Pathology Services – Forensic Anthropology (OFPS) and Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario (OCCO) in Toronto have completed post mortem examinations and determined the cause of death to be smoke inhalation.
The five victims have been identified as:
- Geraldine Chapman (47)
- Angel McKay (12)
- Carl Cutfeet (9)
- Hailey Chapman (7)
- Shyra Chapman (6)
The investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing by members of the OPP North West Regional Crime Unit and OPP FIS under the direction of Detective Inspector Pete Liptrott of the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) in cooperation with the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management.
The First Nation community has declared a state of emergency due to the impact and trauma that the residents are facing from this deeply saddening tragedy. There is a lack of mental health support in the community to deal with the number of people dealing with the loss.
Nishnawbe Aski Nation has stepped up and sent support along with other First Nation communities.
Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler and Mushkegowuk Council Grand Chief Jonathan Solomon release the following statements following a tragic house fire that claimed five lives in Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug:
“We were saddened to learn of the tragedy this morning and our prayers are with the victims, their families and the entire community during this difficult time. This is a devastating loss for the community. We have assured Chief and Council that we will support them in any way possible as they grieve in the days and weeks ahead.” – Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler
“On behalf of the Mushkegowuk Council, Council of Chiefs and our citizens, we would like to express our sincere condolences to the community, the families and to the leadership of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug.” – Grand Chief Jonathan Solomon.
Further information will be released as it becomes available.
Sources: OPP and NAN