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The Halifax Street apartment building fire is still being investigated by Regina firefighters

The Halifax Street apartment building fire is still being investigated

Key takeaways:

  • A day after a fire ripped through an apartment in Regina’s historic district, firefighters were sifting through the charred remains.
  • According to Carmichael, 13 of the 15 people who applied for social services were approved, while two were denied.

Fire crews were on the scene a day after a fire ripped through an apartment in Regina’s historic district, sifting through the charred remains.

Regina Fire had an investigation unit on the scene at the corner of 12th and Halifax Streets, attempting to determine if the building was vacant and the cause of the fire.

Thankfully, they could share some good news from Friday’s findings.

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Residents who have been displaced

There had previously been clashing reports on the ground regarding the building tenants and their tries to find temporary housing via social services.

Carmichael Outreach is located directly across the street from the fire. Around 30 people who had fled the burning building were given emergency shelter.

While the tenants warmed up, Carmichael began coordinating with mobile crisis, the Red Cross, and social services.

Carmichael stated in Global News that 13 of the 15 people who applied for social services were accepted, while two were turned down.

“Our understanding is that everybody who presented to social services Thursday had either a place to live, or we were able to connect them to shelter,” the Ministry of Social Services said in a statement to Global News.

“We’re still working with our community companies to help impacted people get emergency housing if they need it, as well as connect them with resources to begin making long-term housing plans.”

The Halifax Street apartment building fire is still being investigated
The Halifax Street apartment building fire is still being investigated. Image from CBC News

Investigation into a fire

Shortly after 9 a.m., a fire broke out in the five-unit apartment building on Thursday morning.

The building was completely set on fire when firefighters arrived, with smoke pouring from the interior.

The crews took about three hours to put out the fire.

The building had a lot of structural issues and a collapsed roof as a result of the fire, making it dangerous for firefighters to access at the time.

A backhoe was taken in late Thursday evening, and parts of the building were torn down so crews might access places of the blaze that were still smoldering and place the fire out completely.

Complete disassembly of the building will take place over the next few days, layer by layer.

Fire investigators will just determine which fire started and what caused it once the disassembly is completed.

Deputy Fire Chief Gord Hewitt narrated the process of securing and stabilizing the building with heavy machinery while still unclear if there are such bodies inside.

Hewitt said, “It’s a very delicate process.” “We must ensure the safety of our investigative team while also remaining vigilant and aware that there may be victims still inside.”

Hewitt added that they have determined that the fire started in the kitchen of a unit based on fire patterns and markings but that a complete understanding of the cause will take more time.

Source Global News

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