Boy, 9, dies in Halifax hospital after house fire, mother remains in critical condition
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One community in Cape Breton is mourning the death of a young boy who lost his life after a house fire over the weekend.
Cpl. John Landry of Port Hawkesbury RCMP said members of the detachment first heard calls for help coming from across a parking lot, near a residence on Friday evening.
He said officers, along with the fire department, arrived at the scene on Bourinot Drive around 9:40 p.m., to discover a house fire, which they extinguished shortly after.
Upon arrival, they found a 34-year-old woman with a nine-year-old boy outside the home, who were both taken to hospital in Halifax.
Landry said they were the only ones in the home at the time of the fire.
Police reported that the young boy died to his injuries at the IWK hospital on Monday morning, while his mother remained in critical condition.
Landry said the investigation is still ongoing, as they are waiting on results from a fire marshal’s report to determine the exact cause of the blaze. Investigators are also hoping to interview the woman, he added.
“This is a very serious incident. We want to make sure we don’t miss anything,” Landry said Monday.
Police haven't released the name of the boy and his mom, but a crowd funding campaign has since been launched to raise money for Amanda and her now-deceased son Oaklee Bagely.
“You are one with the Angels. Please watch over your mother, Amanda. We love you,” the campaign says of the boy’s death.
Given the boy’s age, Landry said many in the small-knit community are taking the news hard.
From what he knew of the family, he said both were involved in their local church. He also said that administration at the boy’s school opened the doors of Tamarac Education Centre on Monday to offer grief counselling.