The office of the Ontario Fire Marshall is one step closer to finding the cause of a Sandy Lake First Nation house fire that claimed the lives of three small children after the on-scene investigation has concluded. 

The fire broke out just after 11 p.m. on January 13 and the Sandy Lake Fire Department and volunteers, Chief and council, Nishnawbe Aski Police Service, and community members all acted quickly to help but were unable to enter the already engulfed home.

The OFM said there is still much more to do to find the root of how the house caught fire.

“While the on-scene portion of the OFM investigation has been completed, further analysis is currently underway and therefore the investigation remains ongoing.” An OFM spokesperson said.

The Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service is investigating into the death of three children.

Donations to support the family with clothing and other immediate supports can be made to

Sandy Lake is located 600 kilometres north of Thunder Bay.