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2 killed in Grand Rapids, Man., trailer fire hours after protest demanded better living conditions

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Bobby Ballantyne protested earlier this week demanding better housing conditions on the Misipawistik Cree Nation. His mom and her partner died in a fatal trailer fire Saturday on the reserve and Ballantyne says it was in desperate need of repairs and would have caught fire easily. (Kathy Karol/Facebook)

Couple used oven to heat trailer in need of desperate repairs, deceased’s son says

By Austin Grabish, CBC News, Feb 18, 2018

Hours after he wrapped up a protest for better housing on their First Nation, Bobby Ballantyne awoke to learn his mother and her partner had died in a trailer fire in Grand Rapids, Man.  Read the rest of this entry

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.” Read the rest of this entry