DAN CEARNS The Standard
KAWARTHA LAKES: The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have charged a youth with second degree murder after a fire at a youth group home on Quaker Rd. left one occupant dead on Friday, February 24th.
According to the Kawartha Lakes OPP detachment, police arrived to a home at 725 Quaker Rd., just northwest of Oakwood, at about 4:30 p.m.. When police first arrived at the scene, the home, managed by Connor Homes, was on fire, and the City of Kawartha Lakes Fire and Rescue Service and the City of Kawartha Lakes Paramedic Service had to be called in. One resident of the group home was killed.
A post mortem was conducted on Saturday, February 25th and the victim was identified. However, police are not releasing the name of the victim, because of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
The identity and age of the youth charged are also not being released under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
City of Kawartha Lakes Mayor Andy Letham, in a press release, expressed his condolences to the family, and thanked the local emergency services for their efforts.
"I am deeply saddened by the tragic fire that has taken place. Our thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones of those involved. I'm proud, as always, of the Kawartha Lakes Fire and Paramedic Services and the OPP for their valiant efforts tonight,” he said.
Haliburton/Kawartha Lakes/Brock MPP Laurie Scott made the following statement, “I would like to extend my deepest condolences to all those affected by Friday’s tragic fire at the group home in Oakwood, in particular to the families and friends of the victims who died.
I have been in regular contact with the Minister of Children and Youth Services, Michael Coteau, who expressed his sympathies and has assured me of his Ministry’s commitment to supporting our community at this difficult time. Please know that I will continue to communicate with government officials as our community works to recover from this terrible event.
Thank you to the first responders including local firefighters, paramedics, as well as the Ontario Provincial Police for their quick response.
My thoughts and prayers, and those of all residents of Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock, are with the victims of this tragedy.”
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