One dead after house fire near Hudson’s Hope

A Google Maps image of the approximate location of Wednesday's fatal house fire near Hudson's Hope.

HUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. — A two and a half-month old girl has died after a tragic house fire north of Hudson’s Hope earlier this week.

Shortly before 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, members of the Hudson’s Hope RCMP were called to the scene of a house fire on Lahagarte Road. When officers arrived at the scene, they observed that flames were coming from the home, part of which had collapsed. People at the scene were attempting to contain the fire and prevent it from spreading to grass and trees that were nearby.

Police were told that all residents had managed to get out of the home, and had taken shelter at a neighbouring residence. There, police learned that a two and a half-month old baby girl, who had been removed from the home, had died. The father of the deceased child had sustained severe burns to his upper body and face in his attempt to save his child. He was later flown by STARS Air Ambulance to hospital for treatment. No names have been released.

Police and fire officials are actively investigating to determine the cause of the tragic fire. Although the investigation is still in the early stages, police and fire officials do not suspect the fire to be suspicious.

Speaking anonymously, a relative of the injured man told Energeticcity.ca that the family did not have homeowners insurance, and that the home and its contents was a total loss. The relative said that she has started a GoFundMe campaign to help the family deal financially with costs for the deceased child’s funeral, as well as help the family settle into a new home. The relative added that donations will also be accepted at 8707 83rd St. in Fort St. John all day starting next Monday.

A link to the GoFundMe campaign can be found here: https://www.gofundme.com/6g8sqx-house-fire.

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