Firefighters battling downtown house fire

A house has caught fire in downtown Kamloops near Prince Charles Park.

Kamloops Fire Rescue remains at the scene of 1214 Columbia St., Friday afternoon fighting the fire which began sometime before 2 p.m.

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Thick black smoke could be seen billowing into the sky and large flames were visible on the roof when the fire broke out.

About two dozen firefighters and five fire trucks are at the scene, including a ladder truck shooting water down on the house, the roof of which appears to have caved in.

The home is located on the north side of Columbia Street, at the intersection of Columbia and 12th Avenue adjacent to Prince Charles Park.

Police at the scene reportedly told bystanders to move farther back, saying they believe there may be asbestos in the home.

There is no official word yet on any injuries or the cause of the blaze.

Kamloops RCMP have Columbia Street closed from 11th Avenue to 13th Avenue and adjoined side streets in the area cordoned off. The city's Community Services department is also on scene observing.

Reports indicate the fire began in the backyard before spreading to the deck and the house.

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