Early morning arson in Edmonton claims the life of an innocent baby & leaves female with life threatening injuries

Edmonton, Alberta – The Edmonton Police Service Homicide Section and Arson Unit are investigating a house fire that occurred early this morning which claimed the life of a baby.

The Edmonton Fire Department responded to a fire at a residence at 1040 Armitage Crescent in southwest Edmonton just before 4 a.m. this morning, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017. The Edmonton Police Service was called to assist at the scene minutes later.

It was reported that eight people were in the residence and six of them escaped safely. Two people – a mother and a baby – were trapped inside the residence. All eight people were treated and transported to hospital by EPS. The mother is still in hospital with life-threatening injuries but the 5-month old baby succumbed to his injuries.

The individuals in the residence were not all related. They include:

  • 58-year-old male
  • 40-year-old male
  • 24-year-old male
  • 35-year-old female
  • 29-year-old female (life-threatening injuries)
  • 7-year old child
  • 5-year old child
  • 5-month-old baby boy (deceased)
This is Edmonton’s 32nd homicide of 2017.
This is Edmonton’s 32nd homicide of 2017.

The suspicious residential fire has now been deemed arson. EPS Homicide Section is investigating the death of the infant. There are no suspects in custody.

An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. (Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017).

This is Edmonton’s 32nd homicide of 2017.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call the Edmonton Police Service Complaint Line at 780-423-4567 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit your tip online at www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm.

This report has been updated:

UPDATE: Autopsy completed today on baby boy killed in Edmonton fire

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