Sangudo, Alberta, Saturday, December 7, 2019 – The Office of the Fire Commissioner and RCMP continue their investigation into the December 5 house fire in the Hamlet of Rochfort Bridge that resulted in the deaths of two adults and three children. In consideration of this investigation, and out of respect for the family members and first responders involved, the County respectfully defers further comment.
“The County values the role the media plays in keeping the public informed,” stated Joe Blakeman, Reeve of Lac Ste. Anne County. “If and when we receive substantive information that can be made available to the public, we will prioritize its release to all relevant media outlets. Until that time, we need to focus on helping our community heal.”
The County urges anyone struggling to cope with this tragic event to reach out for support from friends, family members and local agencies. Talk about it; take advantage of help that is offered; and help fellow community members in need.
Reeve Blakeman expressed his gratitude for the messages of support and concern from neighbouring municipalities. “The outreach has been nothing short of incredible, and underscores the reality that the only way through something as heartbreaking as this is together.”
Initial Statement from Lac Ste. Anne County Dated December 6, 2019
On Dec. 5, 2019, at approximately 4:00 pm, Lac Ste. Anne County Fire Services responded to a residential fire in the Hamlet of Rochfort Bridge. Despite extensive efforts by Fire Services, the residence was destroyed. No other homes were affected by the fire.
At around 1:30 am on Friday, Lac Ste. Anne County Fire Services discovered one person deceased inside the home. Upon extinguishing the fire around 9:00 am, a more extensive search of the home revealed four more deceased. It is believed that two adults and three children perished in the blaze.
“Loss of life in any situation is horrible for everyone in the community,” stated Joe Blakeman, Reeve of Lac Ste. Anne County. “When children are involved, it is just devastating.”
Investigation into this incident remains ongoing by the Office of the Fire Commissioner and the RCMP.
“We are shaken by this tragedy,” added Reeve Blakeman. “From the Firefighters and RCMP officers on scene to our rural community at large, this event affects us all. As we deal with the aftermath of this tragedy, we will do so together.”
Out of respect for the privacy of the family involved in this incident, no further information will be provided at this time.