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One dead in Orillia boat fire

Body discovered by firefighters who extinguished flames on boat in storage yard


A person is dead following a fire on a boat Thursday morning in Orillia.

The Orillia Fire Department responded to Royce Avenue, just off of Queen Street, at about 5:45 a.m., said Deputy Chief Steve Miller. They found a fire on a boat in a storage yard.

Crews saw flames coming from the bow of the 34-foot cabin cruiser and extinguished it. When they went inside, they found someone dead.

“From the outside, you wouldn’t be able to tell there was a fire in the boat. It was mostly contained to the inside,” Miller said.

He was unable to provide further details because as soon as the person was found dead inside, it became a police investigation.

Orillia OPP has not responded to requests for comment.

Steven Wilson, Ontario’s assistant deputy fire marshal, said in a tweet his office is assisting with the investigation.