Family releases statement after three brothers die in Brampton, Ont. house fire
The three boys killed in a townhouse fire in Brampton on Thursday are being remembered by their household as a sort, caring and “delightfully rambunctious bunch” who had been deeply beloved.
The Bagan and Tomatuk Household launched an announcement Friday by way of the advocacy group Malton Mothers, figuring out the boys as 15-year-old Coen Bagan-Overholt, 12-year-old Riley Bagan-Overholt, and nine-year-old Alex Bagan Overholt.
The brothers died in hospital after being pulled from their burning house close to Torbram Highway and Clark Boulevard.
The household stated the boys’ mom, Heather Bagan, was not on the house on the time of the fireplace as she went to drop off her youngest baby at his daycare. When she returned, the residence was already engulfed in flames.
“Heather’s boys had been a delightfully rambunctious bunch, however they had been additionally a tribe of their very own,” the household stated in an announcement. “Brothers and younger boys, that may most undoubtedly be described as extremely type, all the time caring, affectionate, and greater than something, deeply beloved.”
Coen was recognized for being witty, the household stated. He had an amazing sense of humour and can be remembered for all the time having a smile on his face.
The household described Riley as “sensible and observant in his personal quiet method, and really spunky.”
Alex was the happy-go-lucky boy, the household stated. He was enjoyable and foolish and wore an infectious smile.
The brothers are additionally survived by their large sister Taylor and their five-year-old brother Nate.
“We thanks for the type phrases of help and luxury, for the ideas, donations, and for the empathy and love that has been expressed by so many who share our grief and loss throughout this unimaginable time,” Heather’s sister, Cheryl Tomatuk-Bagan, stated in an announcement.
The household additionally acknowledged the efforts of the primary responders, saying, “we thank them for his or her bravery and makes an attempt.”
In line with the assertion, Heather’s household from Moose Manufacturing facility, Ont. can be travelling to Brampton to be together with her whereas prolonged household from Peterborough have already arrived to supply help.
Neighbours have additionally been dropping flowers and candles at a makeshift memorial close to the house.
On Friday, officers from Brampton Hearth and Emergency Companies visited the memorial and positioned stuffed toys there.
“We simply needed to point out some recognition of what occurred right here and simply to have a quiet second to recollect and honour those that handed away,” stated Hearth Chief Invoice Boyes.
“It is a troublesome day for the group for certain. It is such a close-knit neighbourhood as you could have seen, and clearly, for our division and for our crew and the police and the paramedics, it is a powerful day too,” he added.
Peel police referred to as Thursday’s hearth a “tragic circumstance” and stated that they weren’t investigating it as a case of neglect.
The reason for the fireplace is being investigated by the Workplace of the Hearth Marshal in parallel with police.
The hearth broke out round 9:11 a.m. and when crews arrived, they encountered heavy flames and smoke.
Mayor Patrick Brown stated that one of many boys referred to as 911 to report the fireplace and informed the dispatcher that he was caught inside.
He stated it took six minutes for the primary firefighters to reach on the house, however the hearth had already unfold. Police arrived on the scene first and tried to get to the boys, however had been blocked by the flames and smoke.
“I can guarantee you when this name first got here throughout and knowledge was acquired that there have been kids within the house, these officers had been attempting to get right here, identical to the firefighters had been, identical to the paramedics had been, all attempting to get right here as rapidly as doable to do no matter it’s that we may have achieved to attempt to rescue the occupants of the house,” Peel police Const. Akhil Mooken stated Thursday.
Flags have been lowered at three Peel Area colleges the place the boys attended.
The Malton Mothers group has created a GoFundMe web page to assist the household.
– with information from Joshua Freeman and The Canadian Press