GREY ISLANDS HARBOUR, Newfoundland, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Two house fires claimed six lives in Canada Saturday, including three children in a small Newfoundland island community, authorities said.
The victims of the fire on Bell Island, Newfoundland, were a 7-year-old girl, her 5-year-old brother and their 5-year-old male cousin, Canwest News Service reported. The fire in the two-story home started about 3:30 a.m. and the home was fully engulfed in flames by the time police officers and volunteer firefighters arrived, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said.
"Some of my members (officers) did first aid but there was nothing that we could do," RCMP Cpl. Trevor O'Keefe said Saturday. "Not a thing."
Three adults in their 30s -- a man, his sister and her fiance -- escaped with a 4-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl who are cousins, Canwest reported.
Meanwhile, police at the scene of a house fire in St. Sophie, Quebec, found three bodies believed to be those of a couple in their 80s and their 50-year-old daughter, the Canadian Broadcast Corp. reported. The cause of the fire, which broke out about 4 a.m., had not been determined.
Six other people died in house fires in Canada in the previous three days -- a 6-year-old girl in a farmhouse fire in Grenfell, Saskatchewan, Friday, and 6-year-old twins and three adults in a house fire in Nipawin, Saskatchewan, Wednesday.