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7 year old child killed in fire at Les’s Trailer Park near Red Deer


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Blackfalds RCMP respond to structure fires in Red Deer County

On Feb. 28, 2020, at 2 a.m., Blackfalds RCMP received a 911 call of multiple mobile homes on fire in Les’s Trailer Park located in Red Deer County, Alta.

Three mobile homes were on fire and Red Deer County Fire Services responded and evacuated neighbouring properties. Emergency medical services transported four persons—an adult male, adult female and two male children—to hospital with injuries, including life-threatening injuries.

Red Deer County Fire Services continued to manage the fires until they were completely extinguished. A search of one of the mobile homes was conducted at approximately 9 a.m., when the fire was completely extinguished. RCMP were advised by fire personnel that one occupant, believed to be a 7-year-old female child, was located deceased. A search of the structures continues.

Blackfalds RCMP continue to investigate this incident with the assistance of investigators from the Red Deer County Fire Services.

No further information is available at this time.

After 15 years as a TV reporter with Global and CBC and as news director of RDTV in Red Deer, Duane set out on his own 2008 as a visual storyteller. During this period, he became fascinated with a burgeoning online world and how it could better serve local communities. This fascination led to Todayville, launched in 2016.

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This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 30, 2023.

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Victoria McIntosh testified she was assaulted by Arthur Masse in a bathroom of the Fort Alexander Residential School north of Winnipeg sometime between 1968 and 1970.

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McIntosh, who had about a dozen supporters with her in court, clutched a sweater a family member made for her and stared at the floor as Grammond read her analysis. 

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This report by The Canadian Press was first published on March 30, 2023. 

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