Flames and smoke were visible Thursday morning above the fence surrounding the homeless tent camp adjacent to Aberdeen City Hall as one tent was lost to a fire.
The Aberdeen Fire Department and Aberdeen Police Department were called to the report of a tent on fire in the camp, also known as the Temporary Alternative Shelter Location (TASL) camp, just before 7 a.m.
Assistant Aberdeen Fire Chief Rich Malizia said no people were injured. The Aberdeen Police Department posted a few hours later that three kittens — which suffered minor injuries — were rescued from the fire.
A total of 10 Aberdeen firefighters — two fire engines, the battalion chief and a medic unit — responded to the fire.
Dark-colored smoke was reported from East Aberdeen, what sounded like explosions were reported by the 911 caller, and some photos showed 20-foot flames visible over the fence around the camp. Photos on social media showed burned propane tanks and pallets inside the fenced-area. A tarp was placed back over the fence shortly after the fire.
A news release Thursday morning said that the fire was contained to one tent and belongings in the fenced area.
The cause of the fire remains undetermined at this time.