Grinder work leads to Royal Avenue attic fire

More work will be required on a house in the 200-block of Royal Avenue after a fire broke out in its attic.

Kamloops firefighters responded to the fire on the North Shore just before 6 p.m. on Thursday and had to tear away a portion of the home’s roof to douse the flames.

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Initial reports indicate the fire was the result of renovations as someone was using a grinder in the home to cut nails when sparks apparently got into the attic.

Kamloops Fire Rescue is still investigating the fire and has not yet confirmed an official cause.

Platoon captain Darryl Cooper said smoke was showing from the house and firefighters had to tear a portion of the ceiling away to access the fire and vent the smoke out of the attic.

The home will be habitable following some restoration work, Cooper told KTW.

He said there were no reported injuries, noting the couple living there will be moving next door with their daughter for the time being.

Cooper said it’s important to have a fire extinguisher at the ready and someone watching for sparks when doing grinding work inside a home.

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