Nova Scotia family of 6, including 4 children, dead after fire in camper

Nova Scotia

RCMP say firefighters were called to a camper fire on a remote road in Millvale, N.S., Sunday evening and discovered that a family of six from Amherst, N.S., including two adults and four children, had died.

The Amherst family that died in a camper fire have been identified as R.J. Sears, 30, and Michelle Robertson, 28, and children Madison, 11; Ryder, 8; Jaxson, 4; and C.J., 3.(R.J. Sears/Facebook)

Six members of a family from Amherst, N.S., are dead following a fire in a travel trailer, say RCMP.

Firefighters were called to Mountain Road, a remote area in Millvale, N.S., on Sunday around 6:30 p.m. When they arrived, officers discovered the bodies of the family, said Cpl. Chris Marshall.

Relatives have identified the victims as R.J. Sears, 30, and Michelle Robertson, 28, and children Madison, 11; Ryder, 8; Jaxson, 4; and C.J., 3.

Police believe the family was staying in the camper for the weekend.

Michelle Robertson and her 11-year-old daughter, Madison, are seen in this photo posted to Robertson's Facebook profile on Aug. 30. (Michelle Robertson/Facebook)

It took officers about half an hour to get to the scene as they had to travel on old logging roads, Marshall said. The fire was out when they arrived at the scene and there were no survivors.

It will be up to the provincial fire marshal's office to determine the cause of the fire, but police said they do not consider the fire suspicious after a preliminary investigation. The medical examiner's office will be determining the cause of the family's deaths.

Police were on scene at the site of the camper fire on Monday. (Blair Rhodes/CBC)

Police officers will remain at the scene to ensure no evidence is lost, said Marshall.

"It's usual, as the first agency to respond, we would essentially hold the scene and maintain security over that scene while the provincial fire marshal and the medical examiner's office then come and attend."

Millvale is a small community in Cumberland County near Westchester Valley, about 50 kilometres southeast of Amherst and the New Brunswick border.

The Town of Amherst and MLA Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin have established a memorial for the family at Amherst's Victoria Park. Community members have been invited to leave tributes to the family at the memorial. (Blair Rhodes/CBC)

The Chignecto-Central Regional Centre for Education, the school district for the area, said in a tweet that three of the children were students.

It said psychologists, a counsellor and student services staff will be at Cumberland North Academy, a Grade Primary to Grade 6 school in Amherst, to provide support for the school community.


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