Victims of N.S. house fire were all chil­dren

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The victims of a tragic house fire that swept through a ru­ral Nova Sco­tia home Sun­day were all chil­dren un­der the age of eight, ac­cord­ing to a fam­ily mem­ber who has launched a fundrais­ing cam­paign to pay for fu­neral costs.

The chil­dren — a girl and three boys — ran in ages from an in­fant to a seven-year-old and in­cluded a cousin who was at the Pub­nico, N.S., home for a sleep­over, said Rod Hand, whose wife’s sis­ter is the grand­mother of one of the chil­dren.

“They’re still in shock,” said Hand, an artist from Con­cep­tion Bay South, N.L., who is fundrais­ing for the fam­ily by sell­ing tick­ets to one of his can­vas prints and start­ing a Gofundme page.

“It’s a blended fam­ily,” he said. “One was ac­tu­ally a rel­a­tive hav­ing a sleep­over, so there are a num­ber of fam­i­lies af­fected.”

Two adults es­caped the early morn­ing blaze and were taken to hospi­tal by am­bu­lance. Ervin Olsen, great-grand­fa­ther of two chil­dren who died in the blaze, said Mon­day the fa­ther of at least one of the chil­dren re­mains in hospi­tal.

The re­mains of at least some of the victims re­mained at the scene, an of­fi­cial said, and po­lice used a ca­daver dog to search the rub­ble of the two-storey home about 265 kilo­me­tres south­west of Hal­i­fax.

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