The Canadian Press

2015-02-19 | Saskatchewan Fire Children Dead

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Documents show a Saskatchewan village cut a reserve off from volunteer fire services three weeks before a fire that killed two children. The Makwa Sahgaiehcan (sah-GAY'-gen) First Nation was behind in paying its bills to the nearby community of Loon Lake. Village administrator Laurie Lehoux (le-HOO) says the band hadn't paid its bills since last spring so a decision was made in November to discontinue fire services, and a letter and email were sent to the reserve about it in January. She says that's why the fire department didn't respond to the house fire early Tuesday. (A two-year-old boy and his 18-month-old sister died in the blaze, but their grandmother survived. Both the band's chief and finance director have said they were not aware that fire services with the village had been cancelled.)

Date: 2015-02-19
Placeline: LOON LAKE, Saskatchewan.
Source: The Canadian Press
Length: 10 seconds

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