House Fire Claims Life of 20 Year-Old Woman

Manitoba Post StaffNews

THOMPSON – A fire at a home in Thompson has claimed the life of a 20 year-old woman.

The fire began at about 6:15 AM on January 24th at a home on Centennial Drive East. RCMP along with a number of neighbours pulled an 89-year-old female to safety from a first floor window. She was later transported to hospital.

Despite the flames and smoke, officers continued with their efforts to gain entry to the burning home to rescue any other trapped residents.

At the direction of neighbours, a 61-year-old male was able to escape the home by jumping from a window.

A 21-year-old man was able to escape the house through the flames. He was transported to hospital with very serious injuries. He remains in hospital in critical condition.

A 20-year-old woman remained unaccounted for but due to the fire and structural integrity of the home, fire and police were unable to enter the residence.

The body of a female was located in the residence on January 25, 2020. An autopsy is scheduled to confirm her identity.

Four RCMP officers were treated for smoke inhalation sustained during their attempts to rescue the residents.

The RCMP would like to acknowledge the brave and selfless community members who rushed towards the burning home within the first few minutes to aid those in danger.

The Office of the Fire Commissioner and the Thompson RCMP continue to investigate.