British Columbia

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

"This is a tragic situation," Staff Sgt. Jolaine Percival said. "Every year we experience deaths like this. We observe homelessness daily."

'This is a tragic situation,' say police. 'Every year we experience deaths like this'

Squamish RCMP found a man who burned to death after an apparent explosion in a tent. (CBC)

Police in Squamish, B.C., say a man has been found dead after an apparent explosion in a tent.

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

"This is a tragic situation," Staff Sgt. Jolaine Percival said in a statement.

"Every year we experience deaths like this. We observe homelessness daily.

"What we need now is the help from the public to assist us in identifying him, so we can properly advise his
family."

RCMP said 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. They say he had a navy blue backpack, an acoustic guitar and likely worked in construction, based on items of clothing found around the site.