St. Thomas man dies in fire

The London Free Press - - LOCAL - LAURA BROADLEY St. Thomas Times-Jour­nal

ST. THOMAS — The On­tario fire mar­shal’s of­fice is in­ves­ti­gat­ing af­ter a man died in a St. Thomas house fire.

Fam­ily con­firmed it was John Kier­luk, an en­gi­neer and de­vel­oper, who had died, but — ask­ing for pri­vacy — had no com­ment.

St. Thomas fire­fight­ers were called to the home on Rice Road just be­fore noon 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 also is called in to in­ves­ti­gate sus­pected ar­sons or other sus­pi­cious fires, explosions, drug-re­lated blazes, ones at res­i­dences of the vul­ner­a­ble or those that cause more than $500,000 dam­age.

LAURA BROADLEY/POST­MEDIA NEWS

FIre­fight­ers in­ves­ti­gate at a home on Rice Road in east St. Thomas where John Kier­luk, an en­gi­neer and de­vel­oper, died. Emer­gency crews were called to the home for a fire just be­fore noon Thurs­day. Crews per­formed CPR on Kier­luk, but were un­able to re­vive him.

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