The Office of the Fire Marshal (OFM) is investigating a fatal home fire in Highlands East on Glamor Lake Road Oct. 15.

Haliburton Highlands OPP, the Highlands East Fire Department and Haliburton County Paramedic Services responded to the scene around 4:40 a.m. After firefighters put out the blaze, the OFM attended and fire investigations supervisor Richard Derstroff said they recovered one deceased victim from the debris later in the day.

The OFM was on scene again Oct. 16 and the cause of the blaze is still under investigation, Derstroff said.

“There was a lot of damage and a lot of information to go through,” Derstroff said. “The entire structure was into the basement, was into the foundation.”

Derstroff said three family members did make it out of the fire, but there were some injuries. He said the OFM has not had the opportunity to interview them yet.


He said OPP and the Highlands East Fire Department are co-ordinating on the case but could not provide an estimate for how long the investigation might take.

A post-mortem investigation of the victim is scheduled for Monday.

The Highlander will update this story as more information is made available.

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