Explosion and fire at homeless camp in Winnipeg leaves one person dead
An explosion that erupted on Higgins Avenue Tuesday morning left a homeless camp engulfed in flames and one person dead.
The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service was called for reports of an explosion and fire at an encampment in the first 100 block of Higgins Avenue at 11 a.m. on Tuesday.
“Upon arrival on (the) scene, crews found a temporary structure engulfed in smoke and flames,” the City of Winnipeg said in a news release.
One person was found dead after emergency crews extinguished the fire.
“The news was just heartbreaking. It really was an unnecessary death that occurred,” Lucille Bruce, the CEO of End Homelessness Winnipeg, told CTV News.
Bruce said the recent cold weather spell in Winnipeg puts people experiencing homelessness at an even greater…