Firefighters gather behind a home at 754 Nicol St. in Nanaimo on Tuesday. Multiple emergency services including RCMP and B.C. Ambulance were at the scene for several hours. A police investigation is ongoing. (CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin)

7-year-old girl among three dead in Nanaimo house fire

Crews were called to the blaze at about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

Nanaimo RCMP have confirmed a seven-year-old girl is among the victims of a Nanaimo house fire that killed three people today.

In a statement issued Tuesday night, police confirmed the bodies of the girl and two adults were found in a Nicol Street residence when officials responded to a house fire at about 12:30 p.m.

“This is a terrible tragedy to hit our community,” Cpl. Jon Stuart said in the statement. “We are working with the fire department to investigate this incident.”

The RCMP Serious Crime Unit and the coroner’s office are also part of the investigation, which police described as likely to be lengthy due to the complexity of cases involving fires.

Multiple emergency services secured the area at 754 Nicol St. at about 12:30 p.m.

The statement goes on to indicate family has been notified, as well as School District 68 officials, where the girl was a student. However the names of the deceased are not being released at this time.

A media conference is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday morning in Nanaimo.

Just Posted

Cable Car quarry to go ahead

A second application for a quarry on Kitamaat Village Road is underway

Heavy rains threatened operations at Rio Tinto

Situation aggravated by the washout of the PNG gas pipeline

Ross backs Wilkinson for head of BC Liberals

“As an urbanite, he’s very aware of the issues that are important to rural people.” - Ross

Amendments will prevent unreasonable rent increases

The amendments would improve the rights of renters throughout the province.

VIDEO: Researchers rely on drones to survey aftermath of B.C. wildfires

UBC researchers are using aerial drones to study the historic 2017 wildfires in the province

VIDEO: Average Canadian food bill to rise by $348 in 2018

Atlantic Canada and B.C. will see the most increases for consumers

Owl found dead after eating rat poison leaves B.C. woman concerned

After finding the owl on her Surrey property, Christine Trozzo says the poison is a concern for kids

Change to CPP death benefit panned as insufficient to cover funeral costs

Funeral Services Association of Canada lobbied governments to raise the value to $3,580

#MeToo at work: Employers play a role in fixing culture of sexual harassment

B.C. workplaces are getting ahead of being the next MeToo debacle, calling on experts to train staff

New real estate rule will hurt Kitimat market

“I feel I have been robbed of what I have been good at for the past nine years”

B.C. woman brain injured in crash as a baby gets $1.1 million in damages

Trial heard the woman was 16 months old, being carried by her mother when they were both hit

Court denies WestJet’s bid to toss out discrimination lawsuit of former worker

Mandalena Lewis is suing WestJet over allegations of gender-based discrimination

VIDEO: 3 months later, rescued sea lion released back into ocean

The young animal was found in Campbell River three months ago

Sagmoen neighbours recall alleged hammer attack

Woman was screaming outside Maple Ridge townhouse in 2013

Most Read