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Man suffers burns after fire at Mission homeless camp

Mission RCMP say blaze started due to improper electrical wiring
A homeless camp near Wren Street in Mission in April 2023. A fire at a Wren Street homeless camp on Feb. 22 left a man with burns to his arms, legs and torso, according to Mission RCMP. /Mission Record Photo

A longtime resident of a homeless camp near Wren Street suffered burns after a tree house caught fire on Thursday (Feb. 22).

Mission RCMP say the blaze started due to improper electrical wiring – powered through a generator — and was also affected by the type of materials used in the structure.

According to the detachment’s weekly “Community Connection”, the lone occupant was transported to hospital after suffering burns to his arms, legs and torso.

The fire was one of many calls attended by the Mission RCMP last week (Feb. 19-25).

Heavy-gauge utility wire was also stolen from two Mission locations over the past week.

In the early hours of Feb. 23, a wire cut occurred near Mission Bridge. The other cut is believed to have happened earlier that night in the area of Nelson Street and Gill Avenue.

“It appears that an angle grinder was used to cut the thick wire. A ladder would have been required to reach the wire, and a truck or large SUV would have been needed to transport the wire once it was cut,” Mission RCMP said.

Those with information can contact Mission RCMP at 604-826-7161.

On Feb. 25, an older black pickup truck sped out of the drive-thru of a fast food restaurant in Mission and narrowly missed an employee walking through the parking lot.

Police say the truck then revved its engine, spun its tires in the parking lot, drove over a curb and fish-tailed as it drove off.

A witness took a photo of the truck and Mission RCMP found it later that day. The owner was issued a ticket for driving without due care and attention, and his vehicle was impounded.

Meanwhile, a man was issued a 90-day driving prohibition and a 30-day vehicle impound for failing a pair of roadside screening tests on Feb. 20.

Mission RCMP were called to the 10200 block of Sylvester Road in Hatzic shortly before 1:30 am after the driver of a car called for a tow truck. The tow driver found the driver was unresponsive upon arrival.

First responders had to smash the vehicle’s window to get the man out. Mounties say he appeared to be impaired by liquor.

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Heavy-gauge utility wire was stolen from two locations over the past week, Mission RCMP say. /Mission RCMP Photo

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