Two children unaccounted for in Quebec house fire

Two children unaccounted for in Quebec house fire

House fires across the country have claimed the lives of at least eight children in the last month


GRACEFIELD, Que. – Two children were believed missing on Thursday evening after a house fire in the western Quebec community of Gracefield.

The large and stubborn fire began at about 3:30 p.m. and firefighters from several communities continued to battle the flames late into the night.

Quebec provincial police said two adults and one child managed to escape the blaze and were taken to hospital for shock and smoke intoxication.

But by early Friday, police had no information on the fate of the two missing children, which one Quebec media report said were under the age of 5.

There was also no information on what might have caused the blaze.

This fire, about 90 kilometres north of Ottawa, comes less than a week after another house fire in Gatineau, Que., claimed the lives of 12-year-old twins.

On Wednesday, four boys aged 9, 11, 12 and 15 died when their home in southern Manitoba burned to the ground.

And, a house fire earlier this month on a reserve in northern Saskatchewan claimed the lives of a two-year-old boy and his 18-month-old sister.