11-year-old child dies in Dakota Sioux Valley Nation fire
The deceased boy was the eldest of three siblings. (File photo)
An 11-year-old child died in a fire at a Dakota Sioux Valley Nation residence, 250 miles east west of Winnipeg on Saturday night.
According to an RCMP statement released Monday, firefighters, police, and members of the community initially managed to extract the young boy from the burning residence. The child was later taken to hospital in critical condition, before succumbing to his injuries.
A 65-year-old community member who was helping the 11-year-old years to come out of the flames was also seriously injured and transported to the hospital, where she remains.
According to the RCMP, seven people (four adults and three children) were inside the house when it caught fire.
First Nation Chief Jennifer Bone says the community is torn apart. In a statement, she said she shares the family's grief and asks that the privacy of the bereaved family be respected.
A fundraiser on the GoFundMe site has been launched to come helping the family. As of Monday, over $8,000 has been raised.
The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, but an investigation is ongoing.