House fire claims life of one man in Ahousaht, north of Tofino

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A house fire in Ahousaht First Nation has claimed the life of one man, RCMP report.

The fire started Feb. 17 around 2 p.m. RCMP were called to the scene where about two-dozen community members were tryingto help extinguish the flames. Despite their efforts, one body was found in the home. He is believed to be the sole occupant. Noone else was injured.

Ahousaht First Nation has a reserve on Flores Island, a half-hour boat ride north of Tofino.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. At this time no foul play is suspected.

“This is a very tight-knit community and this tragedy has affected every community member along with the first responders whoassisted in putting out the fire,” said Tofino Detachment commander Sgt. Todd Pebernat said in a press release.

“The Nuu-Chah-Nulth Health Services have been on island providing mental health and traditional healing services to those whowere affected by this fire”

To protect the privacy of the individual, his name is not being released or confirmed by either the RCMP, or the BC CoronersService which is investigating the death.

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Zoë Ducklow, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, North Island Gazette