A child was found dead and several other people were taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries after three mobile homes in Red Deer County went up in flames.
Blackfalds RCMP said officers were called to Les’s Trailer Park at around 2 a.m. on Friday.
Three mobile homes were on fire, RCMP said. Red Deer County Fire Services evacuated neighbouring properties.
“One fully involved, which was the one that was destroyed,” said Insp. Scott Tuton with Red Deer County Fire. “Second one, we tried to get it caught, but it got into the ceiling on us, and the third one was just some melted siding.”
EMS took four people — a man, woman and two boys — to hospital with injuries, including life-threatening injuries.
Once the fires were extinguished, fire crews searched the homes. At 9 a.m., RCMP were told by fire crews that one person — believed to be a seven-year-old girl — was found dead.
All five people were in the same mobile home, RCMP said.
“I heard this noise and it didn’t sound like the noise I’m used to hearing,” said neighbour Darrell Comis. “I looked out the window and started seeing flames shoot up.”
Crews continue to search the scene Friday.
“Two of the subjects from the mobile home remain in hospital — one, an adult female and one of the young male children — with continued life-threatening injuries,” said Deanna Fontaine, an RCMP spokesperson.
The cause of the fire is still being investigated.
“This incident, at this point in time, is undetermined,” Fontaine said. “It’s not clear whether this is suspicious in nature or not. We’re at the very early stages of this investigation.”