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Christmas Eve fire damages low-income apartment

Dec. 27, 2012, Vancouver – An early morning fire on Christmas Eve put 18 low-income residents out of their homes in Vancouver.

December 27, 2012
By The Canadian Press

Dec. 27, 2012, Vancouver – An early morning fire on Christmas Eve put 18 low-income residents out of their homes in Vancouver.

The city's fire department was called to a blaze about 6:30 a.m. on the ground floor of a single-room occupancy hotel in the Downtown EastSide.

A 56-year-old man suffered smoke inhalation, but otherwise no one was hurt.

Police say the fire does not appear suspicious, however it damaged a portion of the lower level, making it uninhabitable.

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Emergency Social Services is now working to find temporary housing for those displaced.

Vancouver Police Sgt. Randy Fincham says it is important for the people to have a warm, safe place to stay over the holidays.


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