Girl dies in fire at Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation

A 16-year-old girl died in a house fire on the Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation on Sunday, September 8.

Rosthern RCMP said the identity of the victim will be confirmed by autopsy conducted by the Coroners Service of Saskatchewan on September 10. The cause of the fire and circumstances leading up to the fire are all under investigation by RCMP Major Crimes Unit North, Forensic Identification Section, Rosthern RCMP, Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency and the Coroners Service.

Beardy’s & Okemasis councillor Kevin Seeseequasis said in a posting on the First Nation’s website September 8 that the First Nation’s fire crew responded appropriately and the fire was quickly contained. The house sustained minor fire damage but substantial smoke damage.

Seeseequasis expressed condolences to the affected family, and appreciation to the fire crew. The structure that burned is located near the Dodgies Convenience Store and across from Willow Cree Health Services.