Police are investigating a suspected arson after a home caught fire in Westsyde on Tuesday morning (Oct. 12).
Kamloops Fire Rescue fire investigator Ray Webster said the fire department was called out at 5:44 a.m. to 840 Anderson Terr. for a report of a house fire, responding with three fire trucks and 12 firefighters.
Webster said there were three people in the home and everyone escaped without injury.
He confirmed the fire is a suspected arson, describing the damage to the house from the flames as “minimal,” but could not specify the exact cause and what burned as the file is now is now a police investigation.
A resident of the home is said to have been awakened by smoke and found a gas can burning outside the front door to the house, according to Kamloops RCMP, which was alerted to the suspected arson by KFR.
RCMP Const. Crystal Evelyn said the homeowner was able to extinguish the fire and a witness in the area reported seeing a person dressed in black run up to the home from Westsyde Road and then saw flames. The person then called 911 as the suspect ran away.
Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to contact the Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 and reference file 2021-35949.