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Human remains found at fire scene

RCMP and fire investigators have found “non-identifiable” human remains in the wreckage of a farmhouse fire near Castor.

RCMP Sgt. Jose Valiquette said people at the scene were unable to determine how many sets of human remains were recovered.

“This fire went on for quite some time,” said Valiquette.

“It was very strong and it was a total destruction.”

Castor and Coronation firefighters were called to the fire on Dec. 8 at about 7:30 a.m., at a farm northeast of Castor.

When firefighters arrived the house was fully engulfed in flames. It wasn’t until Thursday that investigators could get start searching the remains as parts of the fire lingered.

The remains were located in the fire debris. They were transported to the Medical Examiner’s office in Calgary for examination, which is expected to continue through the week.

The house’s owners, Gordon and Sandy Klaus, are still unaccounted for as well as their daughter Monica.

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

Jason Klaus, Gordon and Sandy’s son, previously told the Advocate they were a tight-knit family that farmed together and were always ready to help anyone out.

“I lost everybody, I lost everything.”

 
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