Hearts were broken this morning across Canada when it was revealed that seven children from a Syrian refugee family had been tragically killed in a house fire in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Now, Justin Trudeau, officials, and many Canadians are sending their condolences to the refugee children and family that were killed in the Halifax house fire. The fire is one of the deadliest the city has seen in recent history, according to CTV News.
Halifax Regional Police announced today in a news release on Tuesday, February 19 that seven children ranging from as young as three-months-old to 15-years-old were killed by the blaze. The parents are currently in the hospital for their injuries. The mother is facing non-life-threatening injuries and is expected to survive. However, the father is battling life-threatening injuries, according to CTV News.
Imam Wael Haridy of the Nova Scotia Islamic Community Centre told CTV News that the Syrian family fled the country and moved to Canada because of the civil war in Syria. They started their new life in Canada approximately two years ago.
Many Canadians have been heartbroken over the incident and several people have taken to social media to send their condolences to the family. Check out what Justin Trudeau and other Canadian officials and politicians have had to say below.
Words fail when children are taken from us too soon, especially in circumstances like this. My heart goes out to the survivors of the horrible fire in Halifax this morning, and the loved ones who are mourning this tremendous loss.— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) February 19, 2019
As we wait for more details on this morning’s tragic fire in Spryfield, our entire municipality is heartbroken and our thoughts are with the loved ones of the family. @hfxfire @hfxgov @TonyMancini_NS #SteveAdams— Office of the Mayor (@MikeSavageHFX) February 19, 2019
Heartfelt condolences to our friends in HRM. What a truly awful loss to your community. Our thoughts are with the family and all of you.— Town of Lunenburg, NS (@TownLunenburgNS) February 19, 2019
We are saddened by this morning's loss of life. Our thoughts are with family and loved ones, community and first responders at this time.— Halifax Fire (@hfxfire) February 19, 2019
Jill and I are heartbroken to hear about the devastating fire in Halifax. Our prayers are with the parents as they grieve the loss of their seven beautiful children. https://t.co/Z9weM6jwu5— Andrew Scheer (@AndrewScheer) February 19, 2019
This is the largest lost of life in a fire in Halifax in a very long time. A very sad morning.— Halifax Fire News (@HRMFireNews) February 19, 2019
Many Canadian civilians are also taking to Twitter to express their heartbreak and send their condolences.
This Syrian family arrived in Canada looking to make a better life for themselves. Their home caught fire early this morning in Halifax and all seven of their children perished. It hurts my WHOLE heart. I can't even imagine this kind of pain. pic.twitter.com/VWMoIOdBpT— Nicole Myers (@WriterMyers) February 19, 2019
This is heartbreaking. We live in the neighborhood and 2 of the children attended Jr. High with my oldest child and 2 other children attended the elementary with my youngest son. My heart hurts today for this family. 😢🙏— Shalyn Van Bavel (@Shalyn_VanBavel) February 19, 2019
Just tragic. How devastating for a family to lose so many at one time. And all children. Love to the family 💔.— heather den boer 🇨🇦🇨🇦 (@heatherdb1) February 19, 2019
All those children, lost. My heart is shredded for those parents. 😭— DowntownAbbey (@CarolyneA) February 19, 2019
The family attended the Ummah Masjid And Community Center, and they have released the names and ages of all the victims on Facebook.
- Abdullah – 4 months old
- Rana – 3 years old
- Hala – 4 years old
- Ghala – 8 years old
- Mohammed – 10 years old
- Rola – 12 years old
- Ahmed – 15 years old
A funeral will be held at the Ummah Masjid And Community Center either tomorrow or the day after, the mosque announced on their Facebook page. It will be held at the Ummah Mosque.
A GoFundMe page has also been set up to help raise funds for the family as they deal with their tragic loss. It was created a few hours ago earlier today. So far, over $7,000 has already been raised, and the campaign has fundraised almost halfway to its $15,000 goal. You can visit the GoFundMe campaign page on their website.