Labrador City Suffers Tragic Fire at New Apartment Complex

This article was last updated on April 16, 2022

The fire, which begun early Sunday morning, has now destroyed a long-awaited apartment complex built recently in Labrador City. The mayor of the city declared this Monday that this mishap will definitely have a profound impact in the booming mining town.

The fire took down the newly built 108-unit complex aimed to accommodate newly hired miners and their families. The building was still smoldering till Monday morning, having captured full attention of the firefighters. The fire initiated immediately next to Captain William Jackman Memorial Hospital, which had to be quickly evacuated so the patients were moved to another location.

The Mayor of Labrador City, Karen Oldford, claimed that this fire has given a serious blow to Labrador City, which is struggling tirelessly for building housing facility to accommodate workers. Oldford explained that “It’s tragic on so many fronts,” as “we’ve been working on the housing file for so long here, and trying to move things ahead. Just when we were getting ready to make a difference — because 108 units would have made a big difference to the community — this happened.”

The Iron Ore Company of Canada was planning to utilize the new 108 residential units for its workforce. Electricity was recently installed to the structure, as the first tenants were scheduled to move in till the end of the month. Oldford mentioned that IOC plans to hire 250 to 300 new workers. There is little available land in Labrador City. The tragic fire incident is under police investigation.

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