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Update on fatal Tottenham fire

The investigation has been turned over to the Office of the Fire Marshal
File photo. Kenneth Armstrong/Village Media

TOTTENHAM - Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 was a tragic day for the residents policed by Nottawasaga OPP. Two lives were tragically lost in two separate incidents within a few hours of each other. 

These two incidents have had significant impacts on the families, friends, community members and the responding emergency services personnel. This summary will cover the second of these two incidents.

At approximately 11:22 p.m., New Tecumseth Fire and Rescue, County of Simcoe Paramedic Services and York Region Paramedic Services responded to a fully engulfed residential fire located at 53 Park Crescent, in the community of Tottenham, Town of New Tecumseth.

Tragically only two of three of the residents safely made it out of the home. Attempts by the family members to rescue the remaining occupant were hampered due to the nature and location of the fire. 

Both family members, Mr. Matthew Collins aged 39 years and his 15-year-old son, sustained injuries in these rescue attempts and were later transported to hospitals for treatment. They have since been released and are recovering.

Attempts were also made by New Tecumseth Fire and Rescue, unfortunately, Krestine Collins aged 38 years succumbed to her injuries.

Krestine leaves behind not only her husband Matthew, son but a 10-year-old daughter, who fortunately was not at home during the fire.

The investigation has been turned over to the Office of the Fire Marshal and the Office of the Coroner, assisted by members of Nottawasaga OPP and New Tecumseth Fire and Rescue.

The scene examination is expected to last the rest of today, although may be delayed by weather going into Saturday.