BRITISH COLUMBIA

Low-income residents lose homes after fire in Vancouver housing unit

12/24/2012 05:21 EST | Updated 02/23/2013 05:12 EST
VANCOUVER - An early morning fire has put 18 low-income residents out of their homes in Vancouver.

The city's fire department was called to a blaze about 6:30 a.m. on the ground floor of a single-room occupancy hotel in the Downtown EastSide.

A 56-year-old man suffered smoke inhalation, but otherwise no one was hurt.

Police say the fire does not appear suspicious, however it damaged a portion of the lower level, making it uninhabitable.

Emergency Social Services is now working to find temporary housing for those displaced.

Vancouver Police Sgt. Randy Fincham says it is important for the people to have a warm, safe place to stay over the holidays.