Chestermere house fire that killed 7 people deemed not suspicious

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The cause of the fire has not been determined but a preliminary investigation does not indicate criminal activity, according to RCMP. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press - image credit)
The cause of the fire has not been determined but a preliminary investigation does not indicate criminal activity, according to RCMP. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press - image credit)

A house fire that killed seven people, including four children, in Chestermere, Alta., at the start of July has been deemed "non-suspicious" by investigators.

"As a result of the investigation involving the Chestermere RCMP, Chestermere Fire Department and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, the tragic residential fire that occurred on July 2, 2021, has been determined to be non-suspicious in nature," RCMP said Monday in a news release.

The release did not say what caused the July 2 fire.

When the fire erupted, Amjad Kamal, his wife and their five children were hosting his brother's family, who were visiting from Ontario.

Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press
Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press

Amjad Kamal was able to escape with four of the children but the blaze killed his wife, Batool Rashid, who was 35, his brother Asad Kamal and wife Rafiya Kamal, both 38, a boy and a girl aged 12, an eight-year-old girl and a four-year-old boy. The children have not been named publicly by officials.

Special prayers were held at Calgary's Green Dome mosque and at the Chestermere Islamic Centre east of the city in honour of the family two days after the tragedy.

Imam Syed Soharwardy, with the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada, said relatives of the family, some of whom had arrived in Alberta from Ontario in the wake of the tragedy, watched livestreams of the services.

Most of the relatives of the family are in Pakistan, Soharwardy said.

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