Fire tragedies spark warning – Vancouver Sun

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Fire tragedies spark warning

‘Calamitous’ spate in B.C. kills seven, spurring call for vigilance

By Katie Derosa And Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist January 6, 2012

A “calamitous” spate of fire deaths has prompted a safety warning from the Coroners Service and the Office of the Fire Commissioner about the need for vigilance when living in a trailer or mobile home.

On New Year’s Day, a 20-year-old woman died in a 6 a.m. blaze in her trailer on the Cowichan reserve. The victim is believed to be Crystal Joe, but the coroner has yet to confirm the identity of the badly charred body.

On Dec. 29, Wilfred Joseph Henry Jr., 44, died after flames consumed a single-wide trailer on the Tsartlip First Nation reserve at Brentwood Bay.

Sidney-North Saanich RCMP said eight people were living in the trailer, but Henry was alone when the fire started.

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