Family dog dead after North Kamloops house fire
No people were hurt as flames gutted part of a North Kamloops duplex unit this afternoon (April 12), but a family pet wasn't so lucky.
Emergency crews were called to the blaze, in the 600-block of Clearwater Avenue, at about 2:30 p.m. after a neighbour spotted smoke and called 911.
Kamloops Fire Rescue assistant chief Mike Adams said firefighters entered the home and found the flames were confined to one room.
"They found it was in the basement and they made an initial knockdown," he said.
Initial reports indicated the blaze might be suspicious in nature, but Adams said investigators are still looking into the cause.
"It's too early to tell," he said.
"As our investigation progresses, we'll find out more."
Kamloops RCMP was also on scene, with officers apparently collecting evidence from in and around the home.
The tenant of the basement suite, who did not provide his name, said he was at work when the fire broke out, while his children were at school.
His dog, identified by neighbours as a five-year-old miniature sheltie named Buddy, died as a result of the fire.
Adams said it's too early to put a dollar value on the blaze.
The investigation is ongoing.