Fort McMurray – Wood Buffalo RCMP reports one of the children involved in yesterday’s incident at 81 Fraser Avenue in Fort McMurray has passed away in hospital. The deceased, an 8 month old victim, was one of 5 children taken to hospital yesterday as a result of being exposed to an unknown substance. Two other children ages 2 and 6 were transported to Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton by air ambulance. The remaining two children ages 4 and 7 are in hospital. The condition of the remaining children is reported to be critical.
The mother of the deceased child is also in hospital in Fort McMurray and is under observation. The father of the deceased child is in Edmonton with the other children.
Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Emergency Services and Wood Buffalo RCMP made plans to evacuate the entire building to ensure the safety of other residents, however air quality testing was completed and it was determined the air quality did not pose a threat. Tenants were allowed to return to their apartments at approximately 6:30 PM.
Preliminary investigation indicates the substance to be some kind of fumigant however, the investigation into this unfortunate event is continuing. Names will not be released at the request of family members.
Further information regarding this sudden death investigation will be released as it becomes available. Genders of the children will be released once confirmation is made.
BACKGROUND RELEASED 2015-02-22
On Sunday February 22nd at approximately 3:02 PM Wood Buffalo RCMP received a request for assistance from the Regional Emergency Services Fire Department in the evacuation of one floor of an apartment building located at 81 Fraser Avenue in Fort McMurray. The Fire Department received a call of a possible unknown substance that may have spilled in one of the apartments.
Five young children have been taken to hospital suffering from the effects of the spill. Their condition is unknown at this time. First responders remain at the scene to determine the cause of this incident.
More information will be released as it becomes available.
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