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B.C. fire kills father, 2 children

01/02/2012 05:13 EST | Updated 03/03/2012 05:12 EST

A 28-year-old man and his two sons, aged three and four, have died in a mobile home fire in the B.C. Interior town of Sicamous.

Police said they were called to the scene on Green Road South at about 7 p.m. Sunday. When they arrived, along with fire and ambulance crews, they found the mobile home in flames.

The investigation revealed all three victims died in the fire. The man's 25-year-old wife, who is also the mother of the two children, was not home.

The RCMP, the B.C. Coroner's Service and the B.C. Fire Commissioners office are investigating.

The cause of the fire has not been determined, but police say preliminary findings indicate it was not suspicious.

"The Sicamous RCMP and Victim Services personnel continue to assist the family of the deceased and have expressed our deepest condolences to them for their terrible loss," said RCMP Cpl. Dan Moskaluk. "The family involved has requested that the media and public respect their requests for privacy at this time."

District Coun. Don Richardson said the deaths have hit the community hard.

I think there's a heartfelt feeling going out in the community because we're a small community, and each one [of us] is impacted by whatever happens to our neighbours," he said. "So I'm sure there's prayers going out."

In October, two children were killed in a motorhome fire near Lytton, B.C., west of Sicamous. The children had been camping with their grandmother and her husband at a decommissioned airstrip north of Lytton.

The cause of the fire has not been determined but police believe it started in the driver's seat area of the motorhome.

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