Unidentified human remains have been found in an Erin home gutted by fire early Wednesday morning.
The home was completely destroyed in a blaze that was reported at 9:21 a.m.
Firefighters responded from Erin, Hillsburgh and Rockwood, but when they arrived the structure had already burned down. The owner of the two-story log home was unaccounted for.
The human remains have been sent to the Centre of Forensic Sciences for further analysis. As of Friday afternoon, police had not released any names, or said whether more than one person is deceased.
CTV News is reporting that the home owner is Alexya (Lexi) Solomon, a horse enthusiast who moved to Canada from the Bahamas more than 30 years ago. The five horses on the property were not injured and are being cared for by neighbours.
The heavily-wooded property is located at 5617 Eighth Line near the Elora Cataract Trailway, north of 17 Sideroad.
Fire Chief Dan Callaghan said the cause and estimated cost of the fire could not be immediately determined. A backhoe was brought in to help sort through the rubble.
The Wellington County OPP Crime Unit, the Forensic Identification Services Unit (FISU) and investigators from the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshall were on the scene.
“We will be canvassing the area,” Bortolato said Wednesday afternoon. “Everything is still early. We are still trying to figure out what took place.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Wellington County OPP at 1-888-310-1122, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit a tip online at csgw.tips.