Man found dead following explosion in tent near Squamish, B.C.: RCMP

By The Canadian Press
January 22, 2017 - 2:31pm Updated: January 23, 2017 - 12:15pm

SQUAMISH, B.C. — RCMP say a resident was walking home Saturday night and spotted a fire in a brush area, then heard an explosion and called emergency responders.

Fire crews arrived and the blaze was put out.

Ambulance crews stood down when the man’s body was discovered.

Police say the explosion is believed to be from propane canisters inside the tent and that the fire has not been deemed suspicious.

RCMP say checks were done with a local homeless shelter, but the body has not yet been identified.

Mounties are now looking for anyone who may be able to identify the man, and say he had a navy blue backpack, had an acoustic guitar and likely worked in construction, based items of clothing found around the site.

“This is a tragic situation,” Staff Sgt. Jolaine Percival says in a statement. “What we need now is the help from the public to assist us in identifying him, so we can properly advise his family.”

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