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Foul play not suspected in First Nations fire

By The Canadian Press   

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April 5, 2016, Pikangikum, Ont. - Ontario Provincial Police say foul play is not suspected in a fire on a First Nation that killed nine people, including a five-month-old baby and two other children under five years old.

Police say autopsies determined the victims, all from Pikangikum in northern Ontario, died of smoke inhalation.

Their bodies were all found inside the house.

The cause of the fire in the remote community last Tuesday remains under investigation.

Police identified the victims as Dean Strang, 51, Annette Strang, 49, Gilbert Strang, 31, Sylvia Peters, 41, Dietrich Peters, 35, Faith Strang, 24, Ireland Peters, 4, Aubree Strang, 2, and Amber Strang, five months.

Regional Chief Isadore Day with the Chiefs of Ontario has said the deaths should spur the federal government to improve what he says are third-world conditions on dozens of reserves across the country.

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