On Saturday morning, Oct. 9 at approximately 1:15 a.m., Bashaw RCMP were called to the scene of a fire at the Bashaw Motor Inn in Bashaw.
Fire service also attended and extinguished the fire. The scene has now been secured for investigational purposes. The hotel was occupied at the time and three persons have been transported to hospital in serious condition.
Police and fire Investigators have not yet determined if the fire was of suspicious origin.
investigators on scene at the Bashaw Motor Inn were able to search through some areas of debris and have confirmed finding remains of one person. Owing to flowing water from a damaged water main, recovery of this unidentified body has been delayed. An autopsy will be scheduled for later this week to determine cause of death and identity.
Three persons had been taken to hospital following the fire and one has now been released. The condition of the other two remains unchanged.
The RCMP’s Major Crimes Unit and other RCMP support services have been brought to the site to assist in the investigation. The RCMP is taking the precaution of considering this to be a crime scene until proven otherwise. At this time, the RCMP will not speculate on how the fire may have started, or any of the evidence they may have collected thus far.
Bashaw Motor Inn is off Highway 53, near Highway 21, one hour from Red Deer.