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Leeds OPP investigating fatal fire on 9th Concession Road

Photo by Lucas Mulder.

Update #2 (Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021):

OPP has released the identity of the body which was located in the home after the fire was extinguished.

According to a release issued today from the OPP, a post-mortem was conducted on December 2, 2021, and the deceased has been identified as Samara Holmes, age one.

A GoFundMe has been set up to support the family during this difficult time. Over $22,000 has been raised since the page was set up yesterday, Dec. 1, 2021. For more information on that campaign, visit the GoFundMe page.

The Leeds OPP Crime Unit is investigating, in conjunction with the Ontario Fire Marshal (OFM), the Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario (OCCO) and the Ontario Forensic Pathology Service (OFPS). 

Any person with information regarding this incident should immediately contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122. Those who wish to remain anonymous are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222- 8477 (TIPS). Callers may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

Update (Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021)

Two Rideau Lakes Township firefighters were injured in the line of duty during this house fire. Both were transported to hospital and “are now back at home and resting with family,” according to Fire Chief Scott Granahan.

“Thank you to our emergency service partners for the assistance and care,” Granahan said on Twitter just before 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021.

Original article

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is investigating a fatal house fire in Rideau Lakes Township that claimed one life yesterday evening.

At approximately 9:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, members of the Leeds Detachment of the OPP and the Rideau Lakes Township Fire Department responded to the fire on 9th Concession Road.

According to a release from the OPP, one body was located in the home after the fire was extinguished. OPP said that the identity of the deceased will not be released at this time.

The Leeds OPP Crime Unit and the OPP Forensic Identification Services (FIS) Unit are assisting with the investigation, in conjunction with the Ontario Fire Marshal (OFM), the Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario (OCCO) and the Ontario Forensic Pathology Service (OFPS).

Any person with information regarding this incident should immediately contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122. Those who wish to remain anonymous are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222- 8477 (TIPS). Callers may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

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