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OPP identify victim from Tuesday's fatal fire in Gravenhurst

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help support the family of the 50-year-old woman who died in the early-morning blaze
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An early-morning fire Tuesday in Gravenhurst claimed the life of a 50-year-old woman who lived in the multi-unit complex, OPP have confirmed.

The victim from Tuesday's fatal apartment house fire in Gravenhurst has been identified.

Bracebridge OPP say Erica Nickason, a 50-year-old who lived in the apartment complex where the fire occurred, died in the blaze that destroyed the First Street structure.

Police say she died as a result of smoke inhalation.

According to a GoFundMe account set up today, Nickason was the mother of five children.

"She did not make it out" of the burning building, notes the fundraising page set up by Joelle Mortimer. "The fire started and spread so quickly, nothing was saved."

The family is in dire need of help. If you want to donate to the GoFundMe account, click here.

The deadly fire happened early Tuesday morning.

At approximately 2:34 a.m., Bracebridge OPP officers, along with Gravenhurst Fire, Bracebridge Fire and Muskoka EMS responded to the structure fire at the multi-unit complex on First Street South.

The OPP said Tuesday "suspected human remains were later located" in the structure. The victim's identity and cause of death was confirmed during a post-mortem today at the Centre of Forensic Sciences.

The Bracebridge Crime Unit is continuing the investigation, under the direction of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) and with assistance from the Office of the Fire Marshal.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call Bracebridge OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers to remain anonymous at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).




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