Homicide unit takes over ongoing house fire investigation

Investigators with the York Regional Police Homicide Unit have taken over the investigation following a fire at a residence in the City of Markham.

On Sunday, May 17, 2020, shortly after 10 a.m., police, York Region Paramedic Services and Markham Fire and Emergency Services were called to a residence on Bur Oak Avenue for a report of a fire. When officers arrived, they found three people with serious injuries who were transported to hospital.

Officers determined that a family of five resided at the location. A six-year-old boy, a 14-year-old boy, and their mother, a 41-year-old woman, were all taken hospital suffering from critical injuries. The father was away from the residence at the time of the incident.

A 12-year-old boy who was unaccounted for, was located deceased inside the residence on Tuesday, May 19, 2020.

On July 22, 2020, the six-year-old boy who was in hospital succumbed to his injuries.

Through investigation with the Office of the Fire Marshall, the fire has been deemed suspicious. As a result, the York Regional Police Homicide Unit has taken over the investigation.

Investigators are appealing to anyone who may have any information on this house fire to please come forward.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the York Regional Police Homicide Unit at 1-866-876-5423 ext. 7865, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, or leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com.

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