Fam­ily mourn­ing death of 3-year-old fire vic­tim

Homi­cide unit has taken over in­ves­ti­ga­tion from the coro­ner’s of­fice

The Hamilton Spectator - - FRONT PAGE - NICOLE O’REILLY

Fam­ily and friends are mourn­ing the death of a three-year-old boy pulled from a fire in a base­ment apart­ment on the west Moun­tain Mon­day morn­ing.

Hamil­ton po­lice con­firmed they were tak­ing over the in­ves­ti­ga­tion from the coro­ner’s of­fice in a news re­lease is­sued Tues­day morn­ing, but de­clined to com­ment fur­ther.

The Spec­ta­tor has con­firmed the homi­cide unit is in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

On­tario’s pe­di­atric death proto- col man­dates all sud­den deaths of chil­dren un­der five are in­ves­ti­gated by po­lice, and in Hamil­ton these cases are al­ways han­dled by the homi­cide unit.

Fam­ily and friends iden­ti­fied the boy as three-year-old Cay­den. He was pulled by fire­fight­ers from

the base­ment of 240 Golden Or­chard Dr., where crews found a well-in­volved fire shortly after 10 a.m. Mon­day.

A Go­FundMe ac­count has been set up to sup­port funeral ex­penses for the fam­ily.

“Tragedy struck our fam­ily, Cay­den (3) lost his lit­tle life on the morn­ing of May 1 2017. Fire broke out in a base­ment apart­ment on Hamil­ton Moun­tain and Cay­den was not able to sur­vive,” wrote Cas­san­draa Buck­land, a cousin.

She later said: “Cay­den’s mother Su­san (Decker) is OK, but an emo­tional wreck at this time.”

As of Tues­day af­ter­noon, the fund had raised $1,300.

Neigh­bours said the mother was cook­ing up­stairs when she no­ticed smoke, and then found the fire. She was trans­ported to hospi­tal for pos­si­ble smoke in­hala­tion and has since been re­leased.

The home is owned by a fam­ily mem­ber, but no one else was home at the time of the fire.

On Tues­day af­ter­noon, po­lice tape re­mained around the home — a du­plex in a res­i­den­tial neigh­bour­hood near Garth Street and the Lin­coln Alexander Park­way.

A po­lice cruiser was parked out front near a makeshift me­mo­rial with flow­ers and a yel­low stuffed duck.

The On­tario Fire Mar­shal’s of­fice was also on scene Mon­day to in­ves­ti­gate. There has been no word on cause of fire.

GO­FUNDME

Fam­ily mem­bers have iden­ti­fied the vic­tim as Cay­den, 3.

JOHN RENNISON, THE HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR

Se­nior fire of­fi­cials probe the scene at 340 Golden Or­chard Dr. on Mon­day. Po­lice are now in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

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