Kamloops firefighters douse vehicle blaze

A Kamloops woman who lost her vehicle in a fire Tuesday morning says she is grateful the flames were extinguished before reaching her home.

Emergency crews were called to a report of a house fire in the 300-block of Seymour Street West downtown just before 11 a.m. and arrived to find a van on fire.

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“I came back home from a quick trip out and went inside,” Anne Goddard told KTW.

“My roommate was out walking the dog. He comes inside and says the van’s on fire. I started to panic a bit.”

Goddard said she called 911.

The van was parked adjacent to Goddard’s garage. Firefighters doused the blaze before it could spread to the structure.

“If we’d been inside, we might not have noticed it and that would have blown the house up,” Goddard said. “I just told the firefighters I just put a half tank of gas in there.”

Goddard said she is now stranded without her vehicle.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do,” she said. “We’re both disabled and my friend gave me that van so I could get to appointments and around town.

“We don’t have kids, so if we don’t have a Christmas, that’s OK. We’ll have a turkey or a ham and we’ll be OK.”

The investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.

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