Woman tears wall off burning shed to save 4 kids on northern Manitoba First Nation

Three children airlifted to Winnipeg hospital from northern Manitoba First Nation 

Burning shed on Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation in northern Manitoba.

Burning shed on Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation in northern Manitoba.

CBC News, June 08, 2015

Chasity Spence and Arnold Culley helped save four children from a burning shed on Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation this weekend.

Spence said she heard children crying and screaming inside a burning storage shed Saturday afternoon and knew she had to get them out somehow.

“I grabbed the wall and I ripped it right off. I couldn’t believe that, I’m a tiny little person and that wall was boarded on there pretty good with three other two-by-fours right over it,” she said.

“The flame came out and I kind of backed away. I was going to run in there and one of the little girls came running through the fire.”

Arnold Culley said he saw the burning shed and ran to help.

“[Culley] went around the back and started prying from the corner,” she said. “He got that open, that little boy fell out and then the other two little girls came running out and then like two seconds after we got them out, that shack fell.”

Chasity Spence fro Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation.

Chasity Spence from Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation.

Spence said the children were badly burned – one of girls had burned hair and her skin was peeling.

“She [was] wanting me to hold her, but I’m so scared to touch her and I’m trying to comfort her and tell her not to worry, she’s out, an ambulance is coming,” she said. “Then the other two girls that ran out from the back came running to me also wanting me to hold them, and I was too scared to touch them.”

Two six-year-old girls and a five-year-old girl were sent to Winnipeg, where one is listed in serious condition. A three-year-old boy was treated at the local nursing station and released.

The Office of the Fire Commissioner is investigating the cause of the fire.

Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation (formerly Nelson House First Nation) is located about 80 kilometres west of Thompson.


Posted on June 8, 2015, in Indigenous Women, Warrior and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Sending prayers for her and her children.

  2. Hope this woman and the other man get a provincial or federal medal of honor.

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