Oneida house fire: Father and 4 children die

A father, three young children, and a baby are feared dead after a fire on Wednesday at a home on the Oneida Nation of the Thames near London, Ontario, Canada.

Oneida house fire: Father and 4 children die

A father, three young children, and a baby are feared dead after a fire on Wednesday at a home on the Oneida Nation of the Thames near London, Ontario, Canada.

The mother and the couple's oldest three children were not home at the time of the fire.The Oneida Nation of the Thames community - a reserve of about 2,000 people a half-hour drive west of London - is in shock by the loss.

Bodies of an adult and a child have been found, Oneida fire Chief Elliott Cornelius said.

The victims, 43-year-old Kurt Antone and four of his sons, ranging in age from three months to seven years, were sleeping in the house when the fire broke out, his sister, Kristen Ireland, said.

Ireland said the children’s mother was out shopping when the fire broke out in the house that she called an older dwelling.

Fire fighters arrived at the isolated property about 11 a.m., finding it engulfed in flames in bitter cold, but band Chief Randall Phillips said they couldn’t go in to save anyone.


The deadly blaze underlines the dire straits aboriginal communities face with substandard housing and not enough federal support for needed new homes, he said.

Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Peter Leon said the cause of the fire remains unknown. Investigators haven’t entered the home because the structure is unstable, he said. Investigators from the office of the Ontario Fire Marshal were also on the property in sub-zero temperatures on Thursday.