utjtsw · 2021-01-04

Second person confirmed dead in blaze

Investigators have found the remains of another victim in the rubble of a home north of Rosemont that burnt to the ground yesterday.

The unidentified body was found earlier today (Tuesday). The body of a woman was pulled from the burning building yesterday, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said autopsies are scheduled for tomorrow.

Neighbours said an elderly couple lived in the home at 996380 Mulmur-Tosorontio Townline, north of the 5th Sideroad.

A passing motorist pulled the lifeless body of the elderly woman from the house, said OPP Const. Melody Tourigny.

An elderly man was unaccounted for, but police suspect he was home at the time of the fire. Police said they don’t know if the remains found today belong to the missing man.

Police and fire investigators are examining the remains of the home, most of which was leveled by the flames right down to its foundation.

Neighbours said they didn’t know the couple, and said they were rarely seen. One neighbour said the man could not walk, and the woman also had difficulty walking. She was only occasionally seen walking to the end of the driveway to pick up the mail.

Police have not released the identities of the deceased. Next of kin have not been notified.

Firefighters were called to the home just before 2 p.m., after neighbours spotted plumes of thick, black smoke and called 911.

Clouds of smoke were also visible as far away as Alliston.

When firefighters arrived they found a fully-engaged house fire. The motorist had already pulled the woman’s body from the home.

She was pronounced dead at the scene by the coroner’s office.

Firefighters from the Rosemont District Fire Department and both Adjala-Tosorontio Fire Department stations responded to the call and remained on scene all afternoon. Firefighters from New Tecumseth were called in to provide coverage at the Adjala-Tosorontio stations.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Ontario Fire Marshal’s office. Police have taped off the scene.

The investigation is ongoing.

The cause of the blaze and damage estimates have yet to be determined.