ISLAMABAD: At least seven members of a Pakistan-origin family lost their lives when a fire ripped through their house in the Alberta province of Canada on Friday, ARY NEWS reported.
According to local media reports, seven members of two Pakistani-origin families have been killed, including four young children, when their home was burned down in Chestermere, Alberta. Five other people were able to escape.
The incident happened at around 2:30 a.m. on Friday when neighbors reported hearing a loud bang at a home in the 300 block of Oakmere Close in Chestermere, just east of Calgary. The back of the home was completely destroyed in the fire.
“Two related family units were in the home at the time of the fire,” Alberta RCMP said in a statement. “One adult male and four children were able to escape the fire; tragically, seven other occupants were unable to. ”
The victims were identified as a man and a woman in their late 30s, a 35-year-old woman, a 12-year-old boy, a 12-year-old girl, an 8-year-old girl, and a 4-year-old boy.
Foreign Office expresses grief over deaths
Foreign Office expressed deep grief and sorrow over the tragic death of seven Canadian Pakistanis including four children due to a house fire in Alberta, Canada.
In a statement, Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said that their thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims of this tragic incident. We also pray for the quick and full recovery of the injured.
The Spokesperson said our Consulate General in Vancouver is in contact with the relevant Canadian authorities to ascertain the facts, and with the bereaved family to offer all possible assistance.
Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said as per the relevant Canadian authorities, the cause of the fire is still unknown. However, preliminary investigations indicate that it’s not criminal in nature.