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Manitoulin Island fire claims grandmother Terry Moore

A family on Manitoulin Island is mourning the loss of a mother and grandmother.

A family on Manitoulin Island is mourning the loss of a mother and grandmother.

The family of  52-year-old Terry Moore said she died Saturday in a fire that destroyed the Rockville Road home near Little Current where she lived with her family.

Moore's sister, Ruth Clarke, said her nephew also suffered burns and lung damage in the fire, and is currently in hospital in Sudbury. Three others were also in the home when the fire broke out.

In addition to the tragic death, the Moore family lost all their belongings, and did not have insurance.

"Right now it is just concentrating on getting some clothes back on those people," Clarke said. "[We want to] make sure they have money to eat when they go over to Sudbury, and stuff like that."

Clarke said the rest of the Moore family is staying with friends and relatives for now.

Donations for the family are being collected at the Manitoulin branch of the Bank of Montreal. Clarke said she is also accepting clothing donations at her home in Little Current.

OPP have not yet confirmed the death, because fire crews have had difficulty getting inside the fire-damaged home.

Crews were back at the scene this morning.

When emergency crews first arrived at the fire, they found the home fully engulfed in flames, OPP Constable Allan Boyd said.

“With the cold and the water that was used in the home …. everything’s frozen right at the moment,” he said.

“They’re attempting to thaw out the property and start an extensive search of the remains that are left there.”

Provincial police, the Ontario Fire Marshall’s office, and members of the OPP Forensic Identification Unit as well as the coroner’s office are all investigating.

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