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Fire at Barrie homeless encampment shut down Bayfield St. today

'Two or three tents were on fire and the crews put them out,' says deputy fire chief
Crews inspect the remains of a homeless encampnent fire which occurred on an on-ramp to Hwy 400 at Bayfield Street in Barrie on March 13.

Fire destroyed a homeless encampment near Highway 400 and Bayfield Street at around noon today in Barrie.

Flames reached into the canopy of the surrounding trees and smoked wafted toward the on-ramp nearby.

Police and fire crews could be seen at the location, which was a small wooded area making up part of the on-ramp to the highway.

No one was there when fire crews arrived on the scene.

“Two or three tents were on fire and the crews put them out,” deputy fire chief Derek Wilson told BarrieToday.

“It was at the on-ramp to the southbound lanes from Bayfield Street, so there was lots of access and no trouble getting there" to put the fire out, he added.

There were no injuries reported.

What caused the fire remains under investigation.

Bayfield Street and the highway's on-ramp have since reopened. 

Firefighters pack up a hose as a police officer directs traffic near the burned-out remains of a homeless encampment fire on Wednesday. The blaze happened near the on-ramp to Higwhay 400 at Bayfield Street in Barrie on March 13. | Kevin Lamb/BarrieToday


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Kevin Lamb picked up a camera in 2000 and by 2005 was freelancing for the Barrie Examiner newspaper until its closure in 2017. He is an award-winning photojournalist, with his work having been seen in many news outlets across Canada and internationally
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