January 11, 2019
By Don Norman
Powerview RCMP attended to a structure fire at an old office building beside the Shell Station in Pine Falls at approximately 6:00 am on January 2.
The building was completely engulfed in flames when fire crews and police arrived and was still smouldering into the evening of January 2.
On January 3, the RCMP announced that after the fire was brought under control and extinguished, firefighters entered the structure and located unidentified human remains. No other injuries were reported.
The RCMP and the Office of the Fire Commissioner are continuing the investigation. Police did not release the name of the victim, but CTV News reported that the body found was Terrence Guimond of Sagkeeng First Nation.
The CTV report said that they had spoken to Terrence’s father, Norman Guimond who said that his wife Gloria had lent Terrence her car on New Year’s Day and they had seen it parked by the structure that had burned.
The building that burned is on property owned by Avida Developments and had been a Tembec Woods Department building.