Members of Battlefords RCMP are responding to two separate incidents this afternoon in the city.
According to a news release from the RCMP, they state that residents can expect to see an increased police presence in the area around the 1400 block of 99th Street and the 1400 block of 101st Street in the city of North Battleford. The News-Optimist has already reported that the area between 14th and 15th Avenue on 99th Street has been cordoned off with a heavy police presence; fire and EMS crews are also on the scene at that location. The RCMP was also noticed with a smaller presence at the 101st Street location this afternoon.
Battlefords RCMP are asking the public to avoid these areas and respect direction given by officers on the scene and all police barricades.
According to police, the following is a description of the two incidents based on the initial information officers have obtained during the investigation:
Sudden death investigation
This afternoon at 12:28 the RCMP Dispatch Centre received a report from local EMS of an adult male who was unresponsive and not breathing. Officers attended to the residence on the 1400 block of 101st Street and began a sudden death investigation.
Approximately two hours later, at 2:29 p.m., RCMP Dispatch Centre received a report of a house fire on the 1400 block of 99th Street. RCMP officers and local fire fighters are on the scene this afternoon.
According to the statement from the RCMP: "It is too soon for investigators to say if the two incidents are related. This is certainly one of the many things we will be working to determine. Preliminary investigation indicates there is no risk to public safety at this time."
Police say updates will be provided as soon as available.