It may never be clear whether two young children who died in a fire on the Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation in northwestern Saskatchewan could have been saved if the neighbouring Loon Lake volunteer fire department had shown up when called.
An investigation by the RCMP and Saskatchewan’s Office of the Fire Commissioner is underway and there will likely be an inquest into how the two-year-old boy and 18-month-old girl died in the house fire early Tuesday morning.
Fingers were quickly pointed at the volunteer fire crew from the village of Loon Lake, which did not respond because the First Nation reportedly owed the department about $3,400 for previous fire calls.
Volunteer fire chief Larry Heon has said his trucks would have needed 20 minutes or more to reach the reserve, likely not in time to save the children, who were carried out of the house by a reserve resident said to be their father. The fact the fire crew didn’t go has left members of the First Nation bitter.
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