Fourteen people left homeless by High Street blaze

Nathan Liewicki
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The Salvation Army and the Canadian Red Cross provided aid to people who lost their homes to Wednesday night's fire victims.

Firefighters battle a raging fire on the zero block of High Street West in the early hours of Thursday morning. In addition to the complete loss of four businesses, 14 people who lived above the businesses are now homeless as a result of the destructive blaze.

“We transported 14 people over to the Salvation Army down the street where we were able to give them hydration and some food,” Major Mervyn Halvorsen told the Times-Herald Wednesday. “There they went into our thrift store and got some immediately clothing because they lost everything.”

In addition to the four businesses that were destroyed by flames, residences above those businesses were also a complete loss.

With no place to call home, the Red Cross was able to acquire temporary accommodations for the affected parties.

Strategies for long-term accommodations for the fire victims will be looked at in the near future.

Organizations: Salvation Army, Red Cross

Geographic location: High Street

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