Two Armstrong children

Armstrong kids die in motorhome fire

Two Armstrong children are dead after a motorhome fire on the Trans-Canada Highway near Lytton Wednesday.

Two Armstrong children are dead after a motorhome fire on the Trans-Canada Highway near Lytton Wednesday.

The kids had been camping in the motorhome with their grandparents at a decommissioned airstrip off Highway 1, about two kilometres north of Lytton, in the Fraser Canyon, when the fire broke out shortly before midnight.

The Lytton volunteer fire department and three B.C. ambulance crews from Lytton, Lillooett and Boston Bar responded to the blaze.

“On scene, first responders provided immediate first aid to all four occupants, an older couple and their grandchildren, and transported them to the local hospital,” said RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Dan Moskaluk. “Police and fire investigators examining the scene have determined that the fire is not suspicious in nature.”

The couple were camped at the location as part of a road work crew that had recently set up in the area.

With information received from the couple involved and from those who assisted at the time, police do know that the grandparents, who are in their mid-50s, were alseep at the rear of the motorhome and were awoken by the motorhome’s smoke detectors and their two dogs.

The fire was restricted to the front of the motorhome and the couple were able to reach the two children who were alseep in the front right side pull out of the motorhome. They carried the children to the back of the motorhome at which time the gentleman instructed his partner to push each child out the rear side window once he had climbed out.

Once the two children were out, the woman did collapse inside and had to be rescued by two other individuals (employees of the grandfather) who were also camped nearby.  The employees, a man and a woman, smashed the window of the motorhome door and entered and rescued the grandmother.

The children, a five-year-old girl and four-year-old boy who live with their mom in Armstrong, died from their injuries after being admitted to the hospital.

The two dogs also died in the fire.

The children’s father lives in the Lower Mainland, and both parents had been notified of the accident.

North Okanagan-Shuswap school district superintendent Dave Witt confirmed one of the victims is a primary grade student at Highland Park Elementary in Armstrong, and that staff and students are dealing with the tragic loss.

“The district’s grief counselling team is at the school to assist staff and students in dealing with this loss,” said Witt. “Our hearts go out to the family.”

The Lytton RCMP continues to assist the BC Coroners Services with their investigation into the cause of death of the two children.

The families involved have requested that the media and public respect their wishes for privacy.

Names of the deceased nor those of the injured couple have not been released.

Just Posted

Vernon tattoo fundraiser draws tons of support

Lineup around the block for start and beginning of Five Fathoms Tattoo event for Children’s Hospital

Vernon Tigers, South Okanagan Flames play to wild draw

Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League match ends 17-17; overtime solves nothing

Okanagan adventurer continues motorcycle trip around the world

Vernon local James Leigh recently completed the third of five legs of the journey, travelling through China and Kazakhstan

Okanagan-Shuswap Weather: Most long-weekend rain has already fallen

A mix of sun and cloud is expected for the last two days of the the Victoria Day weekend.

Riders “step up” their game at Equestrian Clinic

Riders from across the Okanagan travelled to Coldstream to train for the 2019 55+ Senior Games, which take place in Kelowna this fall.

UPDATE: B.C. pilot killed in Honduras plane crash

The crash happened in the Roatan Islands area, according to officials

Carbon dioxide at highest levels for over 2.5 million years, expert warns of 100 years of disruption

CO2 levels rising rapidly, now higher than at any point in humanity’s history

Fundraising campaign for church shooting victim exceeds goal

A seperate campaign for the man killed in the April 14 shooting is nearing $25,000 raised.

Crews responding to car crash in West Kelowna

A collision has been reported at the intersection of Carrington Road and Butt Road.

Court decision prompts regional district to throw flood mitigation back at province

Public safety minister maintains Newsome Creek concerns in hands of local government

Woodworth purchased Summerland rink, created butcher operation

Giant’s Head Rink had been one of three facilities in Summerland

Get those flowers competition ready

Gardeners will come together June 29, for the 22nd Juried Flower Show

B.C. ferry stops to let black bear swim past near Nanaimo

Queen of Oak Bay brakes for wildlife in Nanaimo’s Departure Bay

Some South Okanagan students are $1,000 richer

Million Dollar Bursary Program offers bursaries each year to Interior Savings’ young members

Most Read