Brampton house fire leaves parents and 3 children dead
An early morning fire that tore through a home in Brampton on Monday left a young family with three children dead and another adult in critical condition.
Neighbors and family members identified the lost people.
The parents were Nazir Ali and Raven Alisha Ali O’dea, CBC News confirmed, and their children were Alia Marilyn Ali O’dea, Jayden Prince Ali O’dea and Layla Rose Ali O’dea.
Their deaths devastated the community.
“Our hearts are absolutely breaking,” Brampton Fire Chief Bill Boyes said.
“What happened here today, losing three children and two adults, with an additional person in life-threatening condition, is absolutely tragic.”
Boyes said firefighters were greeted by thick smoke and flames when they arrived at the scene of the fire at Conestoga Drive and Sutter Avenue around 2 a.m.
The three-alarm fire made “difficult entry” for crews upon arrival, Boyes said.
Two of the children were rushed by paramedics to hospital in a life-threatening condition and died a short time later, Peel Police Const. Heather Cannon told reporters at the scene. Two adults and a third child were found dead at home.
Firefighters did everything to save the occupants of the house, the chief said.
“They risked their lives to get into this fire and get these people out,” Boyes said, noting that mental health resources would be made available to firefighters.
“Unfortunately, it was a terrible result.”
An adult was able to walk out of the house and was rushed to a trauma center in critical condition.
Two other adults were able to leave the house through the basement without physical injury, Boyes said.
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“My prayers and condolences go out to the family and friends who have been affected by this devastating fire on Conestoga Dr in Brampton. Also grateful for the tireless efforts of our first responders who faced very difficult conditions,” said Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown in a tweet. Monday morning.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford also offered his condolences during a child care announcement in Brampton.
“I want to express how sad I was to learn of the tragic death of a family here in Peel, including the loss of three precious children,” Ford said Monday morning.
“I simply cannot imagine the pain felt by family, friends and the entire community. You will all be in our prayers.”
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who was with Ford, said his thoughts are with the family and friends of those who have passed away.
“We are all thinking of those affected by this horrific and heartbreaking tragic fire,” he said.
Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie also said she was “heartbroken” to learn of the fire.
Boyes said firefighters were working to ensure there were no hot spots in the home on Monday morning before an investigation into the cause of the deadly blaze could begin.
The investigation will be conducted in conjunction with the Office of the Fire Marshal, Peel Regional Police and Brampton Fire Investigators, he noted.
Boyes urged the public to follow fire safety procedures.
“If you’re home, check your smoke alarms. Make sure you have a working carbon monoxide alarm. And make sure your family, friends, and anyone you live with knows what to do in case fire, know how to get out,” he said.
“We just don’t want to see another tragic fire in Brampton or all of Ontario.”
Conestoga Drive between Sandalwood Parkway East and Cranmore Court is closed, Peel Police said.