Firefighters who battled deadly blaze face potential trauma

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CHARLOTTETOWN - Work continues on determining just went so horribly wrong last month in the fire that claimed the lives of three teenagers.

Crews demolish a building on the former Sherwood Greens in Charlottetown, which was the site of a tragic fire that claimed the lives of three boys. A fourth remains in a Halifax hospital.

So, too, does the healing process continue.

Charlottetown deputy fire chief Tim Mamye says firefighters that answered the call early March 29 are trying to deal with the devastating tragedy.

Firefighters found the bodies of three teens, aged 15, 16, and 19, inside the burning building on Mount Edward Road.

Twenty firefighters attended a critical incidence stress debriefing.

"The magnitude for the three lives lost is the most potentially traumatic event that they have encountered,'' says Mayme.

"We are working diligently towards determining the cause and origin so we can have some closure.''

Mayme says Charlottetown fire officials have completed the on-site work after spending more than one full week sifting through debris and gathering information.

The building was leveled Wednesday.

Fire officials will begin compiling information from their meticulous on-site investigation.

"We are still working to determine cause and origin,'' says Mamye.

Police have yet to draw any conclusions about the deaths of the three teens: Kenneth Cameron Irving, Brandon MacKinnon and Joseph Allison Reeves.

Deputy Chief Gary McGuigan of the Charlottetown Police Services says the case hinges on an interview with a fourth boy who survived the fire, but has yet to be medically cleared to speak to investigators.

The high school student has been recovering from his injuries in a Halifax hospital. Police say he alerted patrol officers to the fire after escaping from the burning building.

Organizations: Charlottetown Police Services, Halifax hospital

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Mount Edward Road

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