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Investigation continues into delay of smoke alarms in fatal fire

investigation-continuesWhile investigation into Saturday’s fire in Picton continues, a memorial service is being planned for Zachary Dubois, 25, who lost his life at the scene.

The Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal is continuing its investigation to determine the cause of the blaze and are looking into a delay in the activation of two smoke alarms in the home.

The source of the morning fire is also not yet confirmed.

The Prince Edward County Fire department arrived at the 30 Main Street Picton scene before 9 a.m. More than 30 firefighters battled extreme heat and dense smoke using three pumpers and two rescue trucks.

Zachary Dubois

Zachary Dubois

Preliminary reports indicate Zachary Dubois, died as a result of smoke inhalation. His mom, sister and brother were able to escape the blaze. They were taken to hospital and treated for smoke inhalation.

A memorial service is to be held Friday, March 18 at 11 a.m. at Emmanuel Baptist Church. Donations to the Prince Edward County Fire and Rescue would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences at



Friends, and the Quinte Lost Dog Network on Facebook, are also seeking help to find the family dog, Rosie, hoping she escaped the fire. Rosie is a female dachshund. Call 968-0282 or click here to visit the Facebook page 

A donation web page in aid of the family has been set up at

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