2 dead after early morning house fire near Sackville

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Cpl. Brian Villers says a house that caught fire in Midgic, N.B., is a 'complete loss.' (Ian Bonnell/CBC - image credit)
Cpl. Brian Villers says a house that caught fire in Midgic, N.B., is a 'complete loss.' (Ian Bonnell/CBC - image credit)

A 31-year-old woman and 62-year-old man are dead after a fire in the Sackville area early Thursday, according to the RCMP.

The Red Cross said a third adult in the household was working and not at home at the time of the fire, which happened around 5 a.m. in Midgic, about 10 kilometres northeast of Sackville.

Cpl. Brian Villers of the RCMP's Sackville detachment said fire officials got a call about a residential structure fire on Goose Lake Road at 5:41 a.m. Thursday.

Villers said the RCMP and the Sackville fire department responded to the call and found both bodies inside the house upon their arrival.

He said fire officials were on the scene for at least eight hours, and police were still investigating as of 3:20 p.m.

Both bodies will be taken for an autopsy Friday, he said.

Villers said the house is a "complete loss" but no further information about the fire is being released.

The Red Cross said it was helping the third person in the house, as well as six people displaced by a fire earlier Thursday morning in Moncton.

No one injured in 2nd fire

The second fire, around 1:30 a.m., caused significant damage to a house on Melville Street.

Two owners lived on the main level of the property, and an adult couple and a woman with a school-age son occupied the two upstairs apartments, the Red Cross said in a press release.

"The fire was mostly contained to one of the upper-level apartments, but there was smoke and water damage elsewhere and power to the house was cut for safety reasons," the Red Cross said in a statement.

None of the six residents were injured.