Malaysian mother and daughter die in Toronto house fire

A Malaysian mother, aged 38, and her three-year-old daughter tragically lost their lives in a house fire in Brampton, Toronto. The mother, Melissa Archana John, passed away during the fire, while her daughter, Aria Jeanne Phoenix, succumbed to her injuries the following day. Melissa’s husband, Omar Watson, is currently in a medically induced coma due to severe injuries sustained in the blaze.

Melissa’s parents, Eappen K. John and Daisy Mathews, were informed of the tragic incident four days after it occurred, as they had not heard from their daughter for a few days. They are now in the process of obtaining visas to travel to Canada as soon as possible. Melissa’s cousin, Philip Subash, shared the heartbreaking news with Free Malaysia Today (FMT), stating that Aria and Watson were alive when rescued by fire marshals.

“The cause of the fire is still being investigated,” Philip said. Funeral arrangements for Melissa and Aria will be made once Canadian authorities have identified Melissa’s remains.

Canada has been battling hundreds of wildfires in recent weeks, marking the country’s worst-ever start to a wildfire season. These unprecedented fires have scorched millions of hectares of Canadian forests and displaced tens of thousands of residents. However, it is yet to be determined if the deaths of Melissa and her daughter were a result of these wildfires.

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Lee Shuyi

Lee is an expat writer living in Thailand. She specialises in Southeast Asian news for the Thaiger. When she's not writing, Lee enjoys immersing herself in Thai culture and learning Thai.

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