Prince Albert Fire Department responded to the 500 block of 5th Street East on the report of an explosion and a house fire on March 20th at 1:38pm.
Fire officials said the single-family bungalow was found fully engulfed in flames. Investigations determined that an explosion had blown the building off the foundation and then ignited. The cause of the explosion is under investigation.
Jeremy Starblanket,29, of Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation was located by fire crews deceased at the scene. An autopsy was completed and Prince Albert Police Service has deemed this to be a homicide investigation. The cause of death has not been released at this time.
Anyone who has information or video surveillance footage from the area on Saturday, March 20, 2021 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to please contact Prince Albert Police at either 306-953-4248 or 306-953-4222, or the confidential Crime Stoppers tip line at 1-800-222-8477.