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