2 members of young Alberta family identified as victims of Plamondon fire

2 members of young Alberta family identified as victims of Plamondon fire
June 15: A man and a child were found dead after a house fire in the northern Alberta hamlet of Plamondon. Sarah Kraus has more from the community.



A young Alberta father and toddler have been identified as the two people found dead after a devastating house fire in the hamlet of Plamondon.

Lac La Biche RCMP and municipal fire crews responded to a residential fire at 12:45 a.m. Saturday.

RCMP said two people were found dead — believed to be a man and a child. A 19-year-old woman was flown by STARS Air Ambulance to an Edmonton hospital.

A gofundme page organized by a close family friend said Nathan Payette and Haley Baker had just moved from Grande Cache to Plamondon with their daughter, Avery, days before the fatal fire.

Felicia O’Connell said the couple moved to the northern Alberta hamlet “to start a new life with their little family… Unfortunately, the dream was cut short.”

Nathan and “baby Avery” lost their lives in the fire after Nathan tried to save the toddler.

“Nathan died a hero in the eyes of my family,” O’Connell wrote.

The fundraising page explains Haley “now suffers from eye damage,” she said, adding the young woman has been released from the University of Alberta hospital.

Nathan Payette and Haley Baker, as seen in a photo shared on a gofundme page for the Plamondon fire victims’ family.
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