Father, two daughters found dead after house fire in Chesley, Ont.
An OPP cruiser is seen in this undated image. (Dave Chidley / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, June 12, 2018 7:46PM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, June 12, 2018 8:07PM EDT
CHESLEY, Ont. -- Officials have found the remains of three people in a burnt-out home in Chesley, Ont., identified by a friend as a father and his two young daughters.
Provincial police say fire officials were called to the blaze in the early hours of Monday morning and found that more than one house was involved in the fire.
They say investigators have discovered the remains of three people at the scene, but their names are being withheld until they can be positively identified and their families can be notified.
But Zack Bell, who has set up a GoFundMe to support the surviving family members, says his close friend Chelsy Mitchell was in the home when it caught fire, grabbed her baby and ran outside with her husband.
He says Mitchell's husband ran back in to get their daughters, but the three did not survive.
Bell declined to identify the deceased, but said that Mitchell is being treated for burns and her young son is with family.
The GoFundMe page has since raised twice its initial goal of $10,000.
Police say the cause of the fire remains under investigation.