MGEU Members Step Up After Devastating Thompson Fire
Sep 26, 2019
More than 180 Thompson residents have been displaced from their homes following a suspicious fire in the north tower of the Forrest View Suites earlier this week.
“This is a significant and challenging situation for those living in this building. It’s very fortunate that no one was killed in this fire,” said President Michelle Gawronsky who was in Thompson this week. “I spoke with MGEU members, including several social workers, who are working with the displaced families to help them find places to stay. Everyone involved is doing a great job working around the clock and pouring their hearts into their community to do everything they can to help right now.”
The fire broke out early Monday morning at the complex located on 424 Princeton Drive. The fire was contained and extinguished on the fifth floor, but there is now extensive smoke damage throughout the building.
All occupants continue to be displaced staying at an emergency shelter set up at a nearby community complex or making other arrangements to stay with family or friends. Manitoba Employment and Income Assistance is working with residents to access alternative housing and funding.
Arson is suspected, while the
exact cause of the fire is under investigation. It’s expected it will be
some time before the building is deemed safe and families can return home.