About 25-30 individuals gathered at the park to protest the removal of the encampment
Hamilton emergency personnel were able to pull multiple people from their tents when a blaze erupted at a homeless encampment early Wednesday.
At around 6 a.m., authorities were called to a fire at J.C. Beemer Park at 68 Victoria Ave. N.
Crews found several tents engulfed in flames that were rising to 4.5-6 metres in the air. The occupants were rescued before the blaze spread.
“There were several explosions from items such as propane tanks and electrical generators, which was further fuelled by debris in the surrounding area,” police said in a press release. “The fire destroyed several tents but thankfully no physical injuries were reported.”
A hydro line was also damaged in the fire.
Teams are working to find alternate housing options for those who lost their dwellings. Police say the majority of those affected have been relocated and six individuals have been provided with shelter.
Cops described conditions at the park as unsafe and said the city was cleaning up the area.
About 25-30 individuals gathered at the park to protest the removal of the encampment with two people being arrested. A 33-year-old male was accused of obstructing police and a 27-year-old female was nabbed for assaulting a police officer.
Hamilton Police said they will remain in the area as Hamilton Municipal Law Enforcement works to clean up the site.