Investigators spent Thursday determining the cause of a motorhome fire that killed two young children and injured their grandparents just outside the Fraser Canyon community of Lytton, B.C.
RCMP Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said the four-year-old boy and his five-year-old sister died in hospital after they were admitted with their grandparents following the fire.
“The grandfather was able to get the children out of the motorhome then assisted his wife out as well,” Moskaluk said in a news release.
Two dogs, which Cpl. Moskaluk said may have alerted the family to the fire, also died.
They had been camping at a decommissioned air strip off Highway 1, a few kilometres outside Lytton. Several nearby campers also tried to help when they saw the flames, he said.
“We have the Lytton RCMP, BC Coroners Service and the Office of the Fire Commissioner all involved in this investigation to assist in determining the cause of the fire and the cause of the death of the two young children,” said Cpl. Moskaluk.
Lytton is located at the junction of the Fraser and Thompson Rivers, about three hours north-east of Vancouver.
Cpl. Moskaluk said the fire broke out sometime overnight in a 10-metre-long, 2006 motorhome registered in B.C.
The grandparents are now being treated at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops.
RCMP has notified the family of the children, who live in Armstrong, B.C.