Tragedy struck early this morning in Nova Scotia on Tuesday, February 19. Seven refugee children were tragically killed in a house fire in Canada. The house was in Halifax and was home to a Syrian refugee family. It is the deadliest house fire Nova Scotia has seen recently, according to CBC News

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Halifax police confirmed in a news release that seven children died in the house fire. They said that one woman is suffering from non-life-threatening injuries and one man with life-threatening injuries are now in the hospital.

The children were all from the same family that landed in Canada from Syria two years ago, according to CTV News. Their neighbour told CTV News that the family had seven children from as young as three months to 17-years-old.

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The fire took place at around 1 AM today at Quartz Drive in Spryfield, Halifax.  "Multiple calls of a fire in a residence were received early this morning," read the news release from the Halifax Regional Police.

"Police and Fire personnel responded promptly, and encountered heavy fire on the first and second floors of the house". The Halifax police also add that "the fire was contained shortly thereafter". 

Here's a photo of the remains of the Halifax house below. 

Halifax Fire Department Division Chief Dave Meldrum said in a press conference today that the firefighters quickly fought the fire and contained it in less than one hour despite the brutal weather conditions, according to CBC News. "A firefighter is trained to help and make a difference... a loss of life is very, very hard," he said. 

Several people are heartbroken over the incident and have taken to social media to send their condolences, such as city officials, like the Halifax mayor and the Halifax Regional Police, as well as civilians. 

You can see their tweets below. 

The Halifax police say that they are still investigating the incident. They send their condolences to the family and all those affected. "Our thoughts are with the family, community and all first responders involved at this difficult time," reads the news release


*Disclaimer: This article's cover image was used for illustrative purposes only.

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