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7 dead, including 3 adults and 4 children, in Chestermere, Alta. house fire

CALGARY —
Seven people from two families were killed in an early-morning fire in Chestermere, Alta. on Friday. Five others — an adult and four children — managed to escape.

The fire began about 2:30 a.m. in the city about 16 kilometres east of Calgary.

Among the dead are a 38-year-old male, a 38-year-old female, a 35-year-old male, a 12-year-old male, a 12-year old female, an eight-year-old female and a four-year-old male.

Calgary Imam Syed Soharwardy with the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada said two families, who were both Muslim, were living in the home.

One family had been in Calgary for what he described as “a long time” and the other had recently moved to Alberta from Ontario.

‘OUR HEARTS ACHE’

Chestermere’s mayor, Marshall Chalmers, says the entire community is reeling from the news of the fatal fire and will join together to help the affected family grieve.

“Words cannot effectively express the devastation on our community. Our minds cannot fully comprehend the overwhelming loss,” he said in a statement Friday afternoon.

“Our hearts ache for this family, this neighbourhood, and the community at large. While many will feel helpless in the face of such heartbreak, all we can do is to join together to grieve, to listen, and to support those impacted.”

Chalmers also thanked the efforts of first responders as well as the many people across the province for their thoughts and prayers.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

This is a developing story and will be updated throughout the day.




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