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Two escape morning encampment fire on John St.

'It looks like it might have been a pop-up camper,' says Barrie Fire official

Two people escaped fire at an encampment in central Barrie this morning.

City firefighters were called to the north side of John Street, near Lorena Street, just after 8 a.m., Thursday. 

“We’re still extinguishing some hot spots and pulling it apart,” Deputy Fire Chief Carrie Clark told BarrieToday at about 9 a.m. “So it looks like it might have been a pop-up camper.”

She said there were two people in the camper. They got out safely and were checked out by paramedics, but not taken to hospital.

Clark said it was too early to determine the fire’s cause or provide a damage estimate.

It is unusual for Barrie Fire and Emergency Service to deal with this type of blaze, she said.

“It’s not often a structure, such as a camper,” Clark said. “We did have a fair number of burn complaints for camp fires, but we haven’t had a significant number of structures be involved. 

“I think there were a couple last year and this would be the first one this year," she added.