Police probe another arson
Another suspicious fire has renewed the call from police for Kamloops residents to be cautious of suspicious activity.
Just before 5 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 17, Kamloops Fire Rescue was called to a blaze at Centennial Park in Westsyde.
Investigators believe someone set a garbage can on fire and the flames spread to a park building.
“This fire caused extensive burning to the trash bin, a bench, trusses and plywood over three-quarters of the way down the roof line of the structure,” said Kamloops RCMP Staff Sgt. Grant Learned.
Firefighters had to cut a hole in the opposite side of the building to extinguish the flames.
Learned said the blaze follows a week of extensive vandalism in Centennial Park, including $5,000 in damage to an irrigation system.
Investigators are also looking at the possibility the fire could be connected to this year’s string of suspicious blazes in North Kamloops.
“We just don’t know,” Learned said.
“The original spate of arsons that started early in the spring were all fairly concentrated in the North Shore.”
So far this year, more than a dozen small blazes have damaged property in North Kamloops.
Mounties believe some, if not all, are related.