Fire at Kamloops motel displaces residents

No injuries as firefighters managed to douse the blaze at the Tournament Inn; three units damaged

A fire at a Valleyview motel on Wednesday night has displaced four people and damaged three units.

Kamloops firefighters were called to the Tournament Inn at about 8:30 p.m., where they found flames engulfing two units, one of which was unoccupied. Residents in the other unit managed to escape without injuries and firefighters were able to douse the fire.

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Two units suffered significant smoke, heat and water damage, while a third unit will need repairs to its roof as firefighters had to cut a hole for access in fighting the flames.

The blaze, which appears to have started on the outside of the building’s northeast end, is believed to have been human-caused and remains under investigation.

Kamloops Fire Rescue platoon Capt. Wade Lindoff said fire investigators were on scene Thursday morning, but have yet to determine a cause. He said Kamloops Fire rescue responded with 14 firefighters and was on scene until midnight.

The Tournament Inn is at 1893 East Trans Canada Hwy. in Valleyview.

According to RCMP, the fire is believed to be suspicious.

Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said exhibits were seized at the believed point of origin of the fire and sent for analysis.

Anyone who may have seen anything suspicious on Wednesday night at the Tournament Inn, or who has knowledge of the fire, is asked to contact Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 to leave an anonymous tip.

Tournament Inn fire
Two units suffered significant smoke, heat and water damage, while a third unit will need repairs to its roof as firefighters had to cut a hole for access in fighting the flames. - Nathan Ritchie
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