By Lisa Goudy
There are no positives from the house fire that killed two toddlers this week.
Firefighters didn’t head to the fire on a northern Saskatchewan reserve – Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation – because of a contract
dispute over fire services. Despite receiving a 911 call at 1:30 a.m. on Feb. 17, volunteer fire chief Larry Heon, who is
also the town mayor, said firefighters were not called to the scene because the contract with the village was cancelled.
By the time RCMP showed up alone to the scene, a father came out of the house carrying the bodies of his two toddles – an
18-month-old girl and a two-year-old boy, both were immediately pronounced dead.
I am not a parent and so I can’t truly imagine what that must be like, but I imagine it’s nothing short of tragic in all senses
of the word. While it’s unknown in this case if a firefighter response would’ve saved those toddlers’ lives, we shouldn’t
even have to wonder if it would’ve made a difference.