Loud bangs heard at An­caster fire scene where woman’s body found

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - NATALIE PAD­DON THE HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR npad­don@thes­pec.com 905-526-2420 | @NatatTheSpec

Hamil­ton po­lice say the death of a woman who was found at the scene of a shed fire in An­caster is not be­ing con­sid­ered sus­pi­cious.

Fire­fight­ers re­sponded to 282 Robina Rd. — a quiet street nes­tled be­tween Fid­dlers Green Road and Hamil­ton Golf and Coun­try Club — around 10:30 p.m. Fri­day to find a fully-in­volved wooden shed fire at the back of the prop­erty.

“Dur­ing sup­pres­sion ac­tiv­i­ties, a search was con­ducted and a vic­tim was found,” the fire depart­ment said in a me­dia re­lease.

Min­utes be­fore, a loud bang had brought Nor­man and Mar­i­lyn Corneilse to the front win­dow of their Robina Road home.

But it wasn’t un­til the next day that they learned of the grisly dis­cov­ery made just down the road from them.

The cou­ple ini­tially thought the noise could be from a fire­works dis­play for Canada’s 150th or a propane tank ex­plo­sion.

“I was think­ing that didn’t sound like a fire­cracker — it was too much of a loud thud,” said Nor­man. Then they heard an­other bang. They moved to their front porch and saw what they say looked like a ro­man can­dle go­ing off above the fence line in the back­yard at the prop­erty across the road.

“Sparks go­ing up, the red-orange glow­ing com­ing quite far up be­yond the trees,” he said.

Paramedics did not trans­port a pa­tient from the scene, said Hamil­ton Para­medic Ser­vice su­per­vi­sor Jeff Dun­ford.

The pa­tient was “ob­vi­ously dead,” he added. The fire did not spread to the home on the prop­erty but did dam­age an ad­ja­cent fence, said OFM in­ves­ti­ga­tor Dave Em­ber­lin. Peo­ple were in the home at the time of the fire, but he said he be­lieved it was called in by a neigh­bour.

The cause of death and the cause of the fire were not yet known, he said at the site Sat­ur­day.

Jonathan Car­ron, who lives down the street from the scene of the fire, said he was watch­ing tele­vi­sion with his wife Fri­day night when he heard three loud bangs.

“We were con­cerned and we didn’t know ex­actly what it was,” he said.

Car­ron said he thought it could be an ex­plod­ing gaso­line or propane tank.

He walked to the cor­ner and that’s when he said he saw orange flames shoot­ing up over the trees and em­bers aloft.

“I think it was more shock­ing this morn­ing,” he said Sat­ur­day af­ter learn­ing a body had been found.

Neigh­bours said they don’t know who lives in the house, but they be­lieve it has been a rental prop­erty since the former owner sold it a cou­ple of years ago.

An anthropologist was ex­pected to at­tend the scene to as­sist with “re­cov­ery of the re­mains”, Em­ber­lin said. An au­topsy was sched­uled for Sun­day. The woman’s next of kin have been no­ti­fied and her iden­tity will not be re­leased at this time, po­lice said. Po­lice said Mon­day they have fin­ished their in­ves­ti­ga­tion and are no longer at the scene.

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