Middlesex OPP say emergency officials have recovered five bodies — presumed to be the father and four children unaccounted for — from the scene of a deadly house fire on Oneida Nation of the Thames.
In a media release sent out late Friday night, police said the five bodies have been transported to the Office of the Chief Coroner and Ontario Forensic Pathology Service in Toronto for a post mortem scheduled on Monday.
Five people — which included a father and four children — were unaccounted for when the fire ripped through a home on the reservation on Wednesday.
Meantime, officials are still investigating both the cause and origin of the blaze. The Ontario Fire Marshal is currently investigating.
Emergency officials were first called to the “fully engulfed” residence on the 1200 block of Townline Road around 11 a.m. on Wednesday.
On Thursday, officials said a father and four children from the Doxtator Antone family were unaccounted for. Police only said that the bodies of an adult and a child had been recovered.
A statement from the Oneida band council said that the remaining families “were not able to be located, and are presumed to have perished in the fire.”
The scene on Townline Road remains secured and the road is expected to be closed through the weekend while the investigation continues.