A mother and two young children are dead and seven others injured following a fire at a Hamilton home early Saturday morning.
Ontario’s fire marshal, police and the coroner are all involved in the investigation.
Firefighters reported that they were met with smoke and flames coming from the second floor when crews arrived to a house fire in Hamilton’s north end around 4:30 a.m.
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In a news conference, Hamilton Fire Department spokesman Claudio Mostacci announced that 11 people were in the first house at the time of the fire.
He added that eight people had made their way out of the house by the time fire crews arrived.
According to authourities, seven people were sent to hospital and one escaped uninjured.
The second house was not occupied at the time of the fire.
Officials stated that three bodies were found in the home on Saturday afternoon.
Police did not immediately release the identities of the deceased. However, several local media reports and social media posts identified them as Victoria Maire, her son Robert and daughter Abigail.
The children’s ages were not immediately known.
Authourities are continuing to search for the cause of the blaze.
(With files from Global News Staff)