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Fire at Hamilton’s Woodlands Park causes $500,000 in damages

A hefty fire at Hamilton’s Woodlands Park on Tuesday afternoon has caused roughly $500,000 in damages. 

According to details shared by Hamilton Fire Chief Dave Cunliffe, the department responded to the incident at around 4:45 pm on Tuesday, finding the Barton Street park’s public washroom building fully ablaze.

After rescuing two individuals inside the building and successfully putting out the fire, no injuries were reported. However, an estimated $500,000 in damages have come as a result of the fire. 

The cause of the blaze is still being investigated, with authorities believing it started outside the building at an encampment connected to the washroom facility. 

“My office raised concerns about the structure against the washroom facility since Fall with encampment protocol and response staff due to safety concerns expressed by residents,” wrote Ward 3 Councillor Nrinder Nann in a post on social media. 

“The structure has been out of compliance with the encampment protocol and my office was informed that enforcement had been transferred to Hamilton Police Services (HPS) in October.” 

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