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Saint John Fire Department responds to latest encampment fire


There were no injuries reported in the latest encampment fire in Saint John, N.B.

Around 9:47 p.m. Saturday, crews responded to a call of a small fire near the corner of Bleury and Simms Street on the city’s west side.

Upon arrival, crews discovered a growing fire inside an area of trees off the side of the road near the intersection. The area had been made into a tent encampment.

A third truck was called to the scene and crews quickly began an offensive attack. The fire was knocked down and the scene was cleared in under a half-hour.

Multiple propane tanks were involved in the fire, as well as a tent and various clothing items. No one was on site when crews arrived on scene. The cause of the fire is still unknown.

There were no injuries reported as a result of the fire.

So far in 2024, three people have died in encampment fires in Saint John -- 44-year old Peter ‘Evan’ McArthur passed away in an encampment fire on Jan. 7, while 39-year-old Jonathan Calhoun and 33-year-old Raeanne Tyler died in an encampment fire on Mar. 25 near the 100 block of Paradise Row.

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