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34 propane tanks removed from Maple Ridge homeless camp following eviction

Last Updated Mar 4, 2019 at 8:45 am PDT

Anita's Place tent city in Maple Ridge. The camp saw three fires last week. (Source: Ashley Burr, CityNews Vancouver)

MAPLE RIDGE (NEWS 1130) – The controversial tent city in Maple Ridge has been cleared out and closed.

An evacuation order for Anita Place that came down Saturday night was executed by police and fire crews Sunday afternoon.

According to the city’s fire department, a total of 34 propane tanks have been removed from the site so far, ranging in size from consumer to commercial.

“The City believes the majority of these items were newly brought onto the site following the inspections of February 23-24 and, during which time, approximately 100 propane tanks were removed from the site,” read a statement from the city.

WATCH: Maple Ridge homeless camp evacuated

 

The 50 or so people living in the camp were all cleared out by 7 p.m. The city is providing an Emergency Reception Centre with food and beds that will be available until noon on Monday.

Security will also be at the campsite 24/7 until further notice.

The evacuation comes in the wake of three fires at Anita Place over the last week and safety concerns from other Maple Ridge residents.