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Police called after burned body discovered at North Vancouver homeless encampment

Emergency crews discover body after reports of a fire near Phibbs Exchange bus loop last night.
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North Vancouver emergency crews were on scene at the bushes behind the Phibbs Exchange bus loop after the burned body of a person experiencing homelessness was discovered following reports of a fire Friday night.
The burned body of an individual who was likely experiencing homelessness was discovered in the bushes behind a bus loop in North Vancouver Friday evening.

District of North Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services responded to a call about a fire in the brush behind the Phibbs Exchange bus loop off Orwell Street at 5 p.m. last night.

“When they attended, they put out the fire and upon examining the scene they discovered, unfortunately, that there was the body of a person,” said Sgt. Peter DeVries, North Vancouver RCMP spokesman.

Fire crews contacted police as soon as the body was discovered, and the RCMP’s investigative team arrived on scene a short time later.

“It does look like this person was camped there, and they had been camped there for some time prior. We’re still making some inquiries to try and discover who this person was,” said DeVries. “They’re still in the early stages of the investigation.”

The BC Coroner’ Service has been called in to help determine an exact cause of death.

Police do not suspect foul play in the tragic incident, said DeVries.