UPDATE: Kamloops firefighters managed to douse the blaze before it could spread to other suites. Water and fire damage means tenants will be forced to live elsewhere for at least a couple of nights. Cause of the fire is under investigation.
Kamloops fire crews are at the scene of fire in the Sandman Suites and Northland Apartments, at 559 Nicola St. downtown, behind the Denny’s restaurant at Columbia Street and Sixth Avenue.
Firefighters were seen cutting open the roof area neat the Sandman sign on the roof and entering the suite below. It is believed to be a hotel suite.
Residents have been evacuated as crews begin plans to attack the flames, which are visible in the centre section of the building’s roof.
The Denny’s is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so residents, including seniors, are standing outside. About half of the units in the building — owned by the Gaglardi family’s Northland Properties company — are rented apartments, with the other half being Sandman Hotel suites.
The building’s alarm was activated at about 8:20 p.m.
As of 9 p.m., the building’s residents were awaiting transit buses to take them to another location for the night.
KTW has a photographer en route.