Ni­a­gara of­fi­cers cleared in deaths of mother, son in On­tario fire

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

MIS­SIS­SAUGA, Ont. — The Spe­cial In­ves­ti­ga­tions Unit says there are no rea­son­able grounds to be­lieve any of­fi­cer com­mit­ted a crim­i­nal of­fence in the deaths of a woman and her son in a fire at a Vineland, Ont., home. The po­lice watch­dog agency says two Ni­a­gara Re­gional Po­lice of­fi­cers were sent to the home on July 5, 2015, in re­sponse to a call about a do­mes­tic dis­pute and heard screams from in­side when they ar­rived. The SIU says the of­fi­cers found a 50-year-old man stand­ing in the liv­ing room be­side his 73-yearold mother, who was in a wheel­chair. Within sec­onds of the of­fi­cers en­ter­ing the home, the man ig­nited gaso­line that had been poured in the room, and when one of­fi­cer at­tempted to res­cue the woman, he slipped, fell to the floor, and his body caught fire. The of­fi­cers man­aged to es­cape the burn­ing home and ex­tin­guish the flames on the of­fi­cer’s body. The man and woman died of acute smoke in­hala­tion and car­bon monox­ide poi­son­ing, while the of­fi­cer who caught fire was hos­pi­tal­ized with se­vere burns.

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