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News Release

SIU Investigating Fatal House Fire in Windsor

Case Number: 16-OCD-161

Mississauga, ON (21 June, 2016) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit has started an investigation into a fatal house fire in Windsor.

Preliminary information suggests the following:
  • Around 4:00 a.m. this morning, emergency services were called about a fire at 1022 Ford Boulevard.
  • When Windsor Police officers arrived at the scene, the house was on fire.
  • There was a brief interaction with a man who was inside the house.
  • Windsor Fire & Rescue Services extinguished the fire, and a 47-year-old man was discovered inside the house.
  • The man was pronounced dead a short time later at hospital.
  • Three police officers were also transported to hospital.  They were treated for smoke inhalation and released.  
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The SIU has designated one subject officer and two witness officers as part of this investigation.

Three investigators and one forensic investigator have been assigned to investigate this incident.

The SIU is urging anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529. 

The SIU is an arm’s length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault. Under the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether an officer has committed a criminal offence  in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, lay a criminal charge against the officer if appropriate or close the file without any charges being laid
  • report the results of any investigations to the Attorney General. 

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Jason Gennaro, jason.gennaro@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-641-1897 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 1897