Man sought in Kamloops Food Bank fire
Kamloops RCMP are still on the hunt for a man who may have been involved in the Aug. 2 fire at the Kamloops Food Bank.
Const. Bernie Ward said investigators are making progress in their attempt to track down a man who was seen hanging around the agency for several hours before the fire broke out.
“They’re definitely going after this with zeal,” said Ward.
“There is a description in this particular instance which in the past we’ve lacked, so this is good.”
The man was described by neighbours as non-white, with long hair and carrying a red backpack or sleeping bag.
He was also riding a bicycle.
“It’s a good description. And the other thing about it is the nature of this thing,” Ward said.
“People call in more when you’re hitting the homeless and needy.
“Harm the food bank or steal the Girl Guide money and stuff, and look out.”
According to Kamloops Fire Rescue, the fire started in a lean-to shed next to the food bank’s storage area.
Fire captain Kevin Hall said it’s not clear what started the fire, as there were no obvious accelerants found at the scene.
While the blaze was contained to the storage space, it destroyed more than a month’s supply of food destined for food bank hampers.