A house fire late Tuesday night on Pikangikum First Nation is believed to have left nine people dead.
Officers from the Pikangikum Police Service, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), and the Pikangikum Fire Department responded to a residential fire located on Dunsford Road at 11:44 p.m.
As a result of preliminary investigation, a number of persons have been confirmed deceased and there are a number of persons that remain unaccounted for.
The OPP is currently attempting to confirm the whereabouts of up to nine persons that were believed to have been inside the residence when the fire began.
Additional resources may be required to carry out this aspect of the investigation.
At present, the OPP North West Region Crime Unit is currently on scene and is awaiting the arrival of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB), Forensic Identification Services Unit (FISU), investigators from the Office of the Fire Marshal and the Office of the Regional Supervising Coroner.
The ongoing investigation into the cause of the fire, which remains undetermined, will be conducted by the OPP, Office of the Fire Marshal and the Office of the Regional Supervising Coroner.
Further information will be provided as it becomes available.