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‘Unmet Needs Committee’ struck for displaced residents of Knight’s Hall fire

The City of Cranbrook has created the ‘Unmet Needs Committee’ to work with affected residents from the recent Knight’s Hall fire.

The order was issued because the building has a do not occupy order and the building’s utilities have been shut off.

The committee is made up of representatives from the East Kootenay Emergency Management Program, Community Connections, Interior Health, BC Housing, the Canadian Red Cross and the City of Cranbrook and will help provide medium and longterm housing.

“As the Emergency Program Coordinator, I am very pleased with our team at the Emergency Operations Centre, who has spearheaded the efforts to quickly activate the Unmet Needs Committee to support those people affected by this heartbreaking incident,” says Scott Driver, Director of Cranbrook Fire and Emergency Services.

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“As a Fire Chief, I am very proud of the work our firefighters completed on Tuesday, as we were faced with extremely challenging conditions. Although the residents have a challenging road ahead of them, I am truly thankful that we experienced no loss of life.”

The fire took place on Tuesday afternoon, the building has suffered smoke and water damage throughout the building.

24 residents were displaced by the fire, one person was taken to hospital with smoke inhalation and minor burns.


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