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Blazes keep Kamloops firefighters busy overnight

The two fires on Friday night and Saturday morning were in an empty commercial building and in a house slated for demolition

Kamloops firefighters were kept busy overnight fighting two blazes.

Firefighters were first called to the former Red Sea Auto dealership lot at 156 Tranquille Rd. in North Kamloops at about 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 4.

Flames were seen coming from the white building that formerly housed the auto dealership’s offices. Firefighters managed to quickly douse the blaze.

Seven hours later, at about 2 a.m. on Saturday, flames were seen erupting from an abandoned home at 400 Nicola St. downtown, at the corner of Nicola Street and Fourth Avenue.

There was a group of about five people standing outside the empty home, concerned somebody might be trapped inside, according to witness Laura Douglas, who saw the fire from her nearby home.

Firefighters arrived and managed to extinguish the blaze and it is not believed anybody was inside at the time.

The house ablaze is one of many on Nicola and Battle streets between Fourth and Fifth avenues that are in the process of being demolished to make way for the City Gardens development, a $200-million Kelson Group project that will see high- and low-rise buildings added to the area, bringing more than 500 living units to the downtown core.

Another empty home slated for demolition, a house on Fifth Avenue, near Nicola Street, was damaged in a Jan. 28 fire.

The cause of all three fires remains under investigation, as does the probe into whether they are related.

KTW has a call in to Kamloops Fire Rescue.