A fatal house fire that left two children dead in Markham and was initially deemed a suspect was found to be accidental, the York Regional Police say after concluding their investigation.
Police said no charges were filed as a result.
Police treat Markham home fire that killed 2 children in May as homicide
Emergency crews were called to a residence on Bur Oak Avenue on May 17, 2020, just after 10 a.m. to receive reports of a fire.
Police said three people were taken to hospital for serious injuries at the time: a six-year-old boy, a 14-year-old boy and his 41-year-old mother.
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Investigators said a 12-year-old boy was missing and was found dead inside the home two days later.
The six-year-old boy later died from his injuries in hospital.
The father was outside the home at the time of the incident, police say.
Woman and 2 children taken to hospital after house fire in Markham
Initially, the fire was considered suspicious and the homicide unit took over the investigation.
However, on Wednesday, police said: “Through an extensive and thorough investigation, officers have determined that this incident was accidental and that no one has been charged.”
–With files from The Canadian Press
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