The cause of a fire at the supportive housing complex on Terminal Avenue in Nanaimo has been deemed undetermined by investigators.
According to the City of Nanaimo, various activities by the occupants, including open flame, cooking and smoking may have been factors that caused the fire.
“The room where the fire started suffered extensive damage and a direct cause could not be determined by our investigators. We are committed to continuing working with BC Housing and the operators to ensure that fire safety is a priority,” Nanaimo Fire Chief Karen Fry said in a statement.
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Nanaimo Fire Rescue responded to the fire at the 80-unit complex at around 5:20 p.m. on April 8. Twenty occupants have been displaced from one of three buildings on site. They are being assisted by BC Housing.
The complex was built last year after the provincial government purchased the site for $2 million to provide housing for the homeless campers at Discontent City. The city also provided its own land on Labieux Road for another 90 units.