Attawapiskat residents wait on word to return home

The executive director of the Attawapiskat First Nation says it is unclear when 67 residents will return to the community, after a fire damaged housing trailers there.

After a fire destroyed their homes, 67 left the First Nations community on Friday

The executive director of the Attawapiskat First Nation says it is unclear when 67 residents will return to the community, after a fire damaged housing trailers there.

Sixty-seven of the 80 people displaced by the fire were flown to Kapuskasing. A disaster restoration company is expected to arrive in the community on Tuesday. 

Attawapiskat's executive director said it's unclear how much damage was caused by the fire — or how long repairs might take. 

Officials declared an emergency in the remote James Bay Coast community of Attawapiskat on Friday after a fire broke out earlier this week in a set of trailers being used as temporary housing. (Erik White/CBC)

"Hopefully they'll be able to compile a report on what needs to be done and that information will be shared with our residents in Kapuskasing," Wayne Turner said. "We're very robust people. We're to join together and carry on."

When the fire broke out on Friday, there were about 10 people in the trailers. The rest of the residents happened to be in a community hall because of a power outage. 

Turner said two people were taken to hospital as a precaution, but they've since been discharged. 

Officials are hopeful that a timeline for residents to go back will be in place by Wednesday. 

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