Police in Lapland said on Sunday they do not suspect any foul play in the case of three minors who perished in a log cabin fire early Friday morning in Levi, Finnish Lapland. Local police also said that there was so far no indication that the fire had been caused by negligence.
The deceased all occupied the top floor of the two-storey structure. However, one other occupant of the cabin who slept on the ground floor was able to escape the blaze.
The survivor was reportedly the elder sibling of the three younger children who perished in the fire, and almost an adult. An adult who had been part of the holiday group was not in the cabin at the time of the fire.
The youngsters were said to be students from Pyhtää, a small municipality in southeast Finland. One other minor who had been sleeping on the ground floor of the two-storey log cabin escaped the blaze.
They were students of Huutjärvi School, which said that crisis counselling will be available on Monday for other school children in need. Members of the local parish and youth workers will also be on hand to assist.
"The youngsters’ relatives have given permission for the flag to be flown at half-mast," said Pyhtää mayor Jouni Eho.
On Tuesday a memorial service in remembrance of the victims will be held at the Pyhtää church from 6.00pm.
"This kind of tragedy touches the entire community of Pyhtää. My heart goes out to the children who were lost and [I offer] my condolences to their loved ones," he added.