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East Gwillimbury rocked by deadly house fire

East Gwillimbury rocked by deadly house fire

A mother and father and two of their sons huddled together in a bedroom shortly before sunrise on Good Friday, waiting to be rescued from their burning home in this village north of Newmarket.

But tragically emergency crews were unable to reach the family through the smoke and flames and all four died.

“They were honestly just the best family. I can’t even begin to explain how many people are devastated over this,” Ashley Bailey said as she wiped tears from her cheeks.

The 16-year-old is just one the many neighbours who waited throughout the morning on Howard Ave., near Leslie St. and Mt. Albert Rd., to find out if anyone survived the deadly blaze.

They knew at least one family member of the family of five had been killed in the fire, but everyone was stunned when York Regional Police confirmed around 11 a.m. that four people had perished.