Fire Mar­shal’s of­fice in­ves­ti­gat­ing fa­tal fire in St. Thomas

St. Thomas Times-Journal - - LOCAL NEWS - LAURA BROADLEY

The On­tario Fire Mar­shal’s of­fice is in­ves­ti­gat­ing af­ter a man died in a St. Thomas house fire.

The fam­ily of John Kier­luk con­firmed he had died, but — ask­ing for pri­vacy — had no com­ment.

St. Thomas fire­fight­ers were called to the home on Rice Road just be­fore 12 p.m. Thurs­day. They put out the fire and found a man in the house.

“We per­formed CPR with EMS on scene but he was pro­nounced dead,” fire pre­ven­tion of­fi­cer Bill Todd said Fri­day. Todd said the Fire Mar­shal’s of­fice was con­tacted be­cause of the fatality.

“We’re now wait­ing for the au­topsy to give us a cause of death,” Todd said.

The cause of the fire is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

Kier­luk was the only oc­cu­pant of the home at the time of the fire, Todd said.

The pro­vin­cial fire mar­shal’s of­fice in­ves­ti­gates all fa­tal fires and those that cause se­ri­ous in­juries. The of­fice is also called in to in­ves­ti­gate sus­pected ar­sons or other sus­pi­cious fires, ex­plo­sions, dru­gre­lated blazes, ones at residences of the vul­ner­a­ble or those that cause more than $500,000 dam­age.

LAURA BROADLEY/TIMES-JOUR­NAL

Po­lice tape sur­rounded a home on Rice Road in east St. Thomas where John Kier­luk died. Emer­gency crews were called to the home for a fire just be­fore 12 p.m. Thurs­day. Crews per­formed CPR on Kier­luk but were un­able to re­vive him.

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