Fire occurs at homeless camp on Gladys Avenue in Abbotsford

No one was injured in the incident that took place on Sunday night.

A fire took place Sunday night at the homeless camp on Gladys Avenue.

Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service was called to a fire in the homeless camp on Gladys Avenue just after 7:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The fire covered an area of about 10 feet by 10 feet. When crews arrived, flames were spreading quickly, but they were able to prevent the blaze from advancing further.

A tent and a portable toilet were destroyed, but no one was injured.

Fire Chief Don Beer said a weekly city cleanup of the camp and ensuring that tents are spaced apart, helped prevent the incident from being worse than it was.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

This is the second fire at the camp this year. The first incident took place in March in an area of about 30 feet by 40 feet. There were no injuries.

A fire also occurred at the site in December 2014, when a teepee burned down and one man was left with minor injuries.

The camp was set up in late December 2013 after the city was granted a court injunction to remove a homeless protest camp in Jubilee Park.

The issue of whether people can continue to camp in the area is currently before a  justice of the Supreme Court of B.C. as part of a bigger issue challenging the city’s bylaws against camping in parks.

The trial in the matter concluded early this month, and a decision is expected to take several months.

(Below, by Kevin MacDonald, shows the aftermath of a fire on Sunday night at the homeless camp of Gladys Avenue.)

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