Trailer fire leaves man homeless

Popkum resident looking for shelter and basic necessities following April 15 fire

Agassiz Harrison Community Services is seeking the community’s help for a man who lost everything in a recent fire.

The individual was living in a travel trailer which burned down on Wednesday, April 15 at approximately 11:20 p.m. The Popkum fire department arrived to a fully involved structure fire on Halvorson Road, reports Chris Wilson, electoral area fire services and program manager. The Fraser Valley Emergency Services team was called to the scene and, through provincial ESS funding, was able to arrange 72 hours of food, clothing and shelter.

However, the man is now living in his car and in need of a place to live, according to Community Services Executive Director Laura Midan.

“There’s no shelter to send people when something like this happens,” explains Midan.

Community Services was able to provide the man with some clothing and household items as well as some supplies from the food bank. But he is in desperate need of a place to stay and could also use some more clothing.

Midan knows there are people in this community who are willing to help, if only they know the need.

“This community is very generous,” she comments.

For household items or clothing donations (men’s size 3X shirts, size 14 shoes and extra large pants) or household items, you can bring them to Community Services, located at 7086 Cheam Ave., Agassiz. If you have a room, a trailer or another suitable place for the man to live, call Community Services at 604-796-2585.

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