**Updated** Man rescued from fatal house fire 'struggling to stay alive': relative

**Updated at 11:15 a.m. on Monday, January 8th, 2018**

Family members say a Nova Scotia man was fighting for his life Monday, a day after a fire that swept through his rural home killed four people, including at least two young children.

Ervin Olsen says the father of some of the children was "struggling to stay alive" in hospital after getting out of the home with another person in the bitter cold early Sunday in Pubnico, a small community in the province's southern tip.

Olsen says two of his great-grandchildren were among the four people who died in the blaze, but police were not releasing their identities or details on the number of fatalities.

Yellow police tape surrounded the charred ruins of the two-storey roadside home that was reduced to a pile of blackened beams after an excavator ripped down several walls to allow fire officials to get inside.

Residents of the area identified the father as a lobster fisherman.
   
Red Cross spokeswoman Melanie MacDonald says his common-law wife is with him in hospital, that their blended family lived in the home and that an infant boy was among those killed in the blaze.