Seven Pakistanis, including four children, died in a Canadian city when their house caught fire, police said Friday prompting concerns from the community whether it was a result of Islamophobia.
According to the police, the blaze tore through the home in Chestermere, just east of Calgary, at about 2:30am following Canada Day celebrations.
Three adults and four children ranging in age from four to 12 died in the fire, they said.
Cpl. Tammy Keibel said a boy and a girl, both 12, an eight-year-old girl, and a four-year-old boy perished in the fire. A man and a woman both thought to be 38 years old and another woman approximately age 35 also died.
An adult man and four children were able to escape the blaze, the officer said.
Local media reported that the home was owned by Amjad Kamal, the man who survived the fire.
“Amjad, his wife and his five children were hosting his brother Asad Kamal and his wife and three children for a barbecue, after which they stayed overnight,” the report said.
The reason for the blaze was being investigated.