One fatality, one hospitalized from Moosomin fire

May 12, 2018 6:08 pm

One person has passed away and one person was taken to hospital in Regina by STARS as a result of a fire in Moosomin overnight.

In the early morning hours of Saturday, May 12, 2018, at approximately 2:40 a.m., Moosomin RCMP responded to a house fire in Moosomin. Moosomin Fire Department were on scene working to extinguish the fire when RCMP arrived.

Two individuals were inside the residence at the time of the fire; one, Nigel St. Dennis, was able to exit and was transported via STARS Air Ambulance to Regina for treatment of undetermined injuries.

It was reported to police that one other individual inside at the time of the fire had not exited. Fire personnel and RCMP officers were able to enter the residence and locate an unconscious 33 year-old male, Justin Bidyk. He was transported to local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

The cause of the fire is currently unknown and the investigation is ongoing.

The house belonged to Nigel and Andi St. Dennis. Justin was Andi's brother. The family lost their home, their belongings and their puppy in the fire, as well as Andi's brother Justin.

The couple is currently in Regina, where Nigel will be in the hospital for a few days being treated for his injuries.

Mike Rotteau, who is helping them out, says it’s too early to know how bad the damage is and what the couple will need, but he says it looks like almost everything was lost in the fire.

"Everything is prettymuch ruined inside,” he says. "Once we figure out exactly what’s lost and where they are going, we will know more.”

He says the couple will be staying with him for now, and the shock of the fire is still fresh

“I think the shock is still there,” he says. "Everyone is holding it together right now. We are just really focussed on what is happening with Nigel.

It’s just a shock."

Jessie Crowell is collecting donations of items for the family at her house at 710 Gordon Street. Crowell says she is looking for donations of clothing (size xxl), dog food for small dogs, household item, scrubs (Andi works at the hospital), and dog toys/items.

An online fundraising auction is being organized by Merissa Lanz. Auction items can be dropped off at Brazen Clothing on Main Street in Moosomin, or at Rolna Pranke’s house on 1005 Windover Avenue. Lanz is hoping to have enough auction items to start the auction by the end of this week.

A gofundme page has been set up for Nigel and Andi St. Dennis:

Click here for the Gofundme page