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Mishkeegogamang chief says community ‘immobilized’ by fire deaths –

Feb 17, 2014

The chief of Mishkeegogamang First Nation in northwestern Ontario says the community has been immobilized by shock since a deadly house fire broke out last Thursday.

“[It’s] so sudden and shocking what’s happened,” Chief Connie Gray-McKay told CBC News on Monday. “It’s going to take a very long time to … recover from this.”

The Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service issued a news release Monday morning confirming the remains of four people had been found at the scene.

The release said the confirmation was the result of a joint investigation by the Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service, the Ontario Provincial Police Forensic Identification Service, the Ontario Fire Marshal, the Ontario Forensic Pathology Service and the Office of the Chief Coroner.

Post-mortem examinations are to be conducted in Toronto later this week.

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