Homicide investigators with the York Regional Police say a fire that killed two young brothers was an “accident” after a 10-month investigation into the May 2020 fire that destroyed a Markham residence.
No one will be charged in the fire that killed two children, police said in a Press release Wednesday.
The fire started around 10 a.m. on May 10, 2020, and swept through the Markham family home. Witnesses described hearing a very loud explosion before the fire. Police and lifeguards arrived Bur Oak Avenue, near Kennedy Road, and found three seriously injured people.
A family of five lived in the home, police said.
A 12-year-old boy, Aran Hamid, was missing.
His six-year-old brother, Zhir Hamid, his 14-year-old brother, Warven (Ahmed) Hamid, and his 41-year-old mother, Chia Wahab, were taken to hospital with serious injuries.
Zhir, the youngest victim at just six years old, died in hospital two months later. His missing brother, Aran, 12, was found dead in the basement two days after the fire.
His father, Tahir, was out of the house at the time. He returned home hours after the fire started.
The fire destroyed the home and spread to an adjacent home, York police said.
“Initially they had to be very careful about taking down adjacent structures for security reasons, there was great concern about the collapse,” said Sgt. Andrew Bell told the Star at the time.
After an investigation with the Fire Marshal’s Office, the fire was deemed suspicious and the homicide unit took over.
“Through an extensive and thorough investigation, officers have determined that this incident was accidental and no one has been charged,” York police said in a statement Wednesday.
With files from Cheyenne Bholla and Miriam Lafontaine.