Members of the OPP Forensic Investigation Unit are examining the remains and collecting evidence at the site of a fatal house fire on Devista Boulevard, in the Village of Alfred, on February 11. The matter is now part of an inquiry by the Ontario Special Investigations Unit. —photo Gregg Chamberlain
Members of the OPP Forensic Investigation Unit are examining the remains and collecting evidence at the site of a fatal house fire on Devista Boulevard, in the Village of Alfred, on February 11. The matter is now part of an inquiry by the Ontario Special Investigations Unit. —photo Gregg Chamberlain

Fatal fire in Alfred under investigation

Gregg Chamberlain
EAP
A fatal fire in the Village of Alfred is now the focus of inquiry for Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit.

The OPP incident brief stated that a man inside the house refused to exit the premises. Soon after, officers observed a fire within the building.

The Alfred-Plantagenet Fire Department was summoned. After the fire was extinguished, the body of a man was found inside the house. The name of the deceased has not been released.

Police contacted the Ontario Special Investigations Unit (SIU). The SIU has taken charge of the matter as part of its mandate to conduct independent investigations of incidents where police are involved, and where injury or death has occurred. The SIU mandate is to determine whether or not a criminal action has occurred, and to either exonerate police from any blame or to recommend further action.

At present, the OPP Forensic Investigation Unit is at the scene, examining the premises, taking photographs, and gathering evidence. Members of the Alfred-Plantagenet Fire Department are also at the scene as observers.

The SIU communications department is now dealing with any inquiries for further information on the case.