Some scary moments in a homeless camp in Chilliwack this evening, when a fire broke out amongst a group of tents.
Erin Kendrick says she was driving by around 5:45 p.m., when she saw the homeless campers fleeing the flames.
“I just saw this big ball of fire and smoke billowing everywhere,” she said.
“All the homeless people were fleeing, and taking cover and things were kind of popping- there wasn’t really any big explosions, but then a fire truck came, and some more people ran away and then another fire truck came and a few cops came.”
Kendrick says firefighters were able to douse the flames quickly, and it looked like everyone made it out okay.
She says the camp near Yale Road and Railway Avenue, which began with just a couple of tents, has recently grown to be quite crowded with more than 10 shelters set up.
“They’re all kind of cramped into the one space under the overpass there on the sidewalk.”
“[It’s] very cold. I don’t think they have very much source of heat, or blankets.”
Temperatures in Chilliwack are forecast to dip as far as -20 degrees overnight with the wind chill factor.
Back in 2008, a homeless woman from Abbotsford burned to death in downtown Vancouver, after her makeshift shelter caught fire.
With files from Jeremy Lye