A woman pulled by firefighters from a burning mobile home in Westsyde early Monday morning appeared lifeless, one neighbour recalled.
Kamloops Fire Rescue and Kamloops RCMP responded just after 3:30 a.m. to the Westsyde Mobile Home Park at 811 Grant Rd. The fire, deemed suspicious, damaged two mobile homes.
One woman, believed to be in her 60s, was rushed to Royal Inland Hospital with life-threatening injuries. She was last reported to be in critical condition.
No cause has been determined yet, but police at the scene arrested two male youths, whose involvement in the fire has yet to be determined.
Multiple RCMP officers remained at the scene during the day, at one point using a drone to examine the scene.
The fire is said to have originated at trailer No. 3 — from which the woman was rescued — before spreading next door to trailer No. 4.
The interior of trailer No. 3 appeared completely gutted, with Its porch charred. A portion of the south-facing wall across from trailer No. 4 is gone and one side of trailer No. 4 sustained fire damage.
Mike Dunn, who lives across from trailer No. 3, said he awoke in the middle of the night to screams outside and a loud explosion he thought was a propane tank exploding.
He said he looked out his window and saw the home engulfed in flames.
“Fire truck showed up shortly after and extinguished some of the flames and brought somebody lifeless out of the house and tried to resuscitate her,” Dunn said. “I don’t know what happened after that.”
Dunn described the flames as enormous, leading to trailer No. 4 catching fire.
He lauded Kamloops firefighters for their quick response.
“They were here within minutes of me waking up and that was at 3:36 a.m., I think.” Dunn said.
Ryan Hammer, who lives in trailer No. 1, said he called the fire department.
He told KTW he awoke to use the washroom and was out on his porch for a cigarette when he noticed the fire.
“All of a sudden, I saw all this flame and stuff,” Hammer said, adding he heard crackling and multiple bangs, which he described as minor in nature.
He said he saw paramedics performing CPR on the woman, noting someone alerted a family that lives in house No. 4 who escaped their home unscathed.
None of the residents KTW spoke with at the scene knew the injured woman by name, but said she was living in the home alone.
Kamloops Fire Rescue Chief Mike Adams said all fires are considered suspicious until investigators have had time to determine cause and origin.
Kamloops RCMP is asking anyone with information about the fire to contact them at 250- 828-3000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).