A fire on the North Shore on Tuesday that initially looked larger than it was destroyed a stand of cedars and damaged a house and shed, but no injuries were reported.
The blaze on Courtenay Crescent took place amid a stand of cedars that are behind the Christ Community Church, just east of Eighth Street. Flames and black smoke filled the air before a passing fire truck noticed the fire and began dousing it.
Kamloops Fire Rescue Capt. Wade Lindoff said the flames were noticed at just before 3:30 p.m.
“We had a whole pile of shrubbery involved,” he told KTW, noting there was some exterior damage to an adjacent house, while a shed in the yard was extensively damaged,
The fire started in the cedars, but no cause was determined.
KFR fire investigator Ray Webster said the fire is believed to be human caused, but no source of ignition was found.
"It's most likely caused by smoking material, but we couldn't find anything," he said.
He said the fire is not considered suspicious.
"There's nothing that would lead us to believe it was purposely caused — there's no broken bottle or jar of glass they would have thrown in there with something to start a fire, no gas can left on site, that type of thing," said Webster.
Webster said there were no injuries from the fire.
—This story was updated on Oct. 2 to add comment from fire inspector Ray Webster.