July 12, 2018 6:24 pm

Fire in Elsipogtog First Nation displaces 13 people

Thirteen people have been displaced after a fire in Elsipogtog First Nation.

Andrew Cromwell/Global News File

A fire at an apartment building in the Elsipogtog First Nation — located midway between Moncton, N.B., and Miramichi, N.B. — has displaced 13 people.

According to the New Brunswick branch of the Canadian Red Cross, the fire broke out on Wednesday at approximately 9:30 p.m. and was extinguished, only for it to re-ignite at approximately 3 a.m. on Thursday.

The eight-unit building at 129 Main River Creek Road was reduced to ash as a result of the fire.

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The Canadian Red Cross has helped arrange emergency lodging and food for 10 adults and two children.

They have also been provided other items like blankets and personal-care kits as well as comfort toys for the two children, both of whom are five-year-old girls.

One man arranged to stay with relatives on the reserve.

The band council and New Brunswick’s department of social development are reportedly taking care of other emergency needs such as clothing purchases and transportation to a hotel.

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