The Senneterre Cree community is in shock after a terrible tragedy at a hunting camp claimed the lives of a young mother and her infant son during the moose break.
The two died in a fire that enveloped their hunting cabin 105 kilometres east of Senneterre by logging road.
The deceased are Harriet Capissisit, 32, and her son Joey, who was only three months old — both Crees of Senneterre.
Family members in nearby cabins spotted the fire at around 6 a.m. on Sept.
23. “They tried to get them out but it was too late,” said Sûreté du Québec Agent Claude Couture, who is investigating the cause of the fire.
The family rushed to an outfitter’s camp 40 km away, where they called police on a satellite phone. Couture said the SQ arrived just over an hour later.
Couture, based in the region’s major-crimes unit in Rouyn-Noranda, said the investigation is ongoing and would not reveal the cause of the fire.