Family of 6 from Amherst, N.S., dead after fire in camper

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The Amherst family that died in a camper fire have been identified as R.J. Sears, 30, and Michelle Robertson, 28, and children Madison, 11; Ryder, 8; Jaxson, 4; and C.J., 3. (R.J. Sears/Facebook - image credit)
The Amherst family that died in a camper fire have been identified as R.J. Sears, 30, and Michelle Robertson, 28, and children Madison, 11; Ryder, 8; Jaxson, 4; and C.J., 3. (R.J. Sears/Facebook - image credit)

Six members of a family from Amherst, N.S., are dead following a fire in a travel trailer, say RCMP.

Firefighters were called to Mountain Road, a remote area in Millvale, N.S., on Sunday around 6:30 p.m. When they arrived, officers discovered the bodies of the family, said Cpl. Chris Marshall.

Relatives have identified the victims as R.J. Sears, 30, and Michelle Robertson, 28, and children Madison, 11; Ryder, 8; Jaxson, 4; and C.J., 3.

Police believe the family was staying in the camper for the weekend.

Michelle Robertson/Facebook
Michelle Robertson/Facebook

It took officers about half an hour to get to the scene as they had to travel on old logging roads, Marshall said. The fire was out when they arrived at the scene and there were no survivors.

It will be up to the provincial fire marshal's office to determine the cause of the fire, but police said they do not consider the fire suspicious after a preliminary investigation. The medical examiner's office will be determining the cause of the family's deaths.

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Blair Rhodes/CBC

Police officers will remain at the scene to ensure no evidence is lost, said Marshall.

"It's usual, as the first agency to respond, we would essentially hold the scene and maintain security over that scene while the provincial fire marshal and the medical examiner's office then come and attend."

Millvale is a small community in Cumberland County near Westchester Valley, about 50 kilometres southeast of Amherst and the New Brunswick border.

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Blair Rhodes/CBC

The Chignecto-Central Regional Centre for Education, the school district for the area, said in a tweet that three of the children were students.

It said psychologists, a counsellor and student services staff will be at Cumberland North Academy, a Grade Primary to Grade 6 school in Amherst, to provide support for the school community.

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