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UPDATE: Crews respond to fire at Vernon shelter

The fire at the Turning Points-operated shelter on 37th Street broke out around 1:15 p.m. Saturday
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Vernon Fire Rescue Services responded to a fire at the temporary emergency shelter on 37th Street early Saturday afternoon, March 2, 2024. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

UPDATE March 4:

A small dryer fire failed to spread at the homeless shelter in Vernon Saturday.

Only minor damage was reported and there were no injuries.

ORIGINAL March 2:

Crews are at the scene of a fire at a temporary shelter in Vernon Saturday afternoon.

The fire broke out at the shelter, operated by Turning Points Collaborative Society on 37th Street, around 1:15 p.m. March 2.

Roughly two dozen people were evacuated from the building and were standing across the street by the time Vernon Fire Rescue Services arrived on scene.

No smoke was showing outside the building as of 1:30 p.m.

It is unclear how the fire was ignited or if the incident resulted in any injuries.

The Morning Star has reached out to the City of Vernon for more information.

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Brendan Shykora

About the Author: Brendan Shykora

I started as a carrier at the age of 8. In 2019 graduated from the Master of Journalism program at Carleton University.
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