Officials probe fatal trailer fire on Chippewas of the Thames

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The Ontario Fire Marshal is probing a trailer fire, where a body was found, on Chippewas of the Thames First Nation.

Emergency crews were called about 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday to a structure fire at 736 Melbourne Rd., where a body was found, OPP said.

The OPP, Strathroy-Caradoc fire department, Middlesex-London Paramedic Services and Chippewas of the Thames First Nation fire department responded.

"We pulled up to a fully involved trailer fire, heavy flames and smoke showing from all corners and roof," Tyler Kechego, deputy fire chief at Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, said Wednesday.

Kechego said the trailer was parked at the side of a residence on the First Nation community, southwest of London.

"As we did fire suppression . . . we knocked down the fire as much as we could and started doing some overhaul, trying to get some materials away from different parts of the fire," he said. "That's when we discovered one body."

The identity of the deceased is being withheld pending identification and notification of family, OPP said.

The Office of the Fire Marshal said in a statement Wednesday it is probing "the cause, origin and circumstance" of the fire and has assigned an investigator to assist the OPP in its investigation.

"It is too early to determine the cause of the fire and how long the investigation will last," a spokesperson said.

OPP and the Ontario's Fire Marshal remained at the scene Wednesday morning. No other injuries were reported.

An OPP spokesperson said updates of the investigation are expected in the coming days.

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Calvi Leon, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, London Free Press

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