A number of Hamilton residents experiencing homelessness have been displaced after a hearth tore by way of an encampment at a downtown Hamilton park.
Hamilton deputy fireplace chief Dan Milovanovic mentioned they have been referred to as to J.C. Beemer Park on Victoria Avenue North shortly earlier than 6 a.m. Wednesday for studies of a garbage fireplace.
Once they arrived, Milovanovic mentioned they found a big space that gave the impression to be a “makeshift encampment” was ablaze and mentioned crews shortly knocked down the fireplace with none accidents to residents or firefighters.
He mentioned the scene was then turned over to Hamilton police.
Media relations spokesperson Const. Krista-Lee Ernst instructed World Information that the reason for the fireplace shouldn’t be believed to be prison in nature.
“Hamilton Police Social Navigation Program labored with the displaced people to safe lodging,” wrote Ernst in an electronic mail.
She added that hydro will likely be on scene for a number of hours to restore broken traces within the space and a portion of the park stays taped off.
The Hamilton Encampment Help Community, a bunch that advocates on behalf of the town’s homeless residents, mentioned the fireplace destroyed a lot of the residents’ possessions and tents.
The group stays on scene on the park on Wednesday afternoon, calling for the town to not take away what stays of the residents’ belongings.
They’re additionally asking Hamiltonians to donate heat garments and different necessities to assist exchange what was misplaced.
“We’re properly into the start of winter, and lots of the residents dwelling in [J.C. Beemer] haven’t any secure or accessible shelter or housing choices,” the group wrote in an emailed assertion.
“A hearth is a security concern for all residents in and across the park – however can solely be correctly addressed by offering residents with alternate options which can be secure, accessible, and everlasting.”
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