UPDATED: Family of University Student killed in Rankin Fire "Devastated"
Investigators with the Ontario Fire Marshal's office have concluded a fatal fire in west Windsor began on the main level of the home.
19-year-old Andrew Kraayenbrink of Wallaceburg, a student at the University of Windsor, died in the fire which broke out Wednesday at 4:30am.
Kraayenbrink's mother, Jennifer Verbeek Depooter, posted a statement on Facebook on Wednesday saying the family is devastated.
"Today is the most painful day in our family's life," says Depooter. "We lost our son in a tragic house fire early this morning. Our hearts are utterly devastated."
When firefighters arrived, flames were shooting out of the windows.
OFM Investigation Co-ordinator Rick Derstroff says there were two functioning smoke alarms in the basement and they are searching for alarms on the other levels of the home.
He says they haven't been able to pinpoint the cause of the fire but it is not suspicious.
"These investigations can take several days, so I would imagine at least until tomorrow before we finish the on-scene investigation and then there are several days of investigation afterwards, exhibits that sent to the Centre of Forensic Centres and that takes several weeks," says Derstroff.
Investigators search for the cause of a fatal fire at 227 Rankin Avenue. October 27, 2016 (Photo by Teresinha Medeiros)
Five others in the home escaped and were treated and released from the hospital.
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