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Criminal investigation continues into fatal fire at Sauble

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Ontario Provincial Police continue to investigate the death of a young woman in a fire at Sauble Beach Aug. 15 on Maplewood Crescent.

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A police news release Thursday said the Grey Bruce OPP crime unit and West Region forensic identification unit are under the direction of the OPP criminal investigation branch as they probe the circumstances surrounding the 7:30 a.m. fire.

Police said the body of a deceased person was found inside a burnt outbuilding on the property. Police will not identify the victim until post-mortem results are completed, the release said.

The Town of South Bruce Peninsula Fire Chief Normand Beauchamp, in a news release after the fatal fire, described the victim as a 17-year-old girl who was sleeping in an outdoor structure when an early-morning fire broke out.

The chief advised anyone with a bunkie to install a smoke detector in it. He said the fire was under investigation by the OPP and the provincial fire marshal’s office.

Ontario Fire Marshal investigators were trying to determine the origin and cause of the fire in support of the police investigation, an OFM spokesman told The Sun Times.

The homeowner, who asked not to be identified in an interview shortly after the fire, said the victim was her 18-year-old son’s 17-year-old girlfriend, who lived in Sauble Beach.

The homeowner said screams woke her and then she saw the wooden playhouse her son and his girlfriend had been in the night before fully engulfed in flames. Neighbours tried to put out the fire before firefighters arrived and quickly did so.

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