Trio of weekend blazes in Kamloops keep firefighters, police busy

While one fire is is believed to have been set intentionally, RCMP say there is nothing yet to indicate a link between the incidents.

There is nothing to suggest a link between a trio of weekend fires, police say, though at least one of the blazes is believed to have been set intentionally.

Emergency crews responded to the first fire just before 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28, at a business in the 500-block of Lansdowne Street downtown.

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Kamloops RCMP Sgt. Darren Michels said the fire is believed to be arson and investigators are reviewing video surveillance from neighbouring businesses.

The second fire, called in on Sunday morning, destroyed a building on the lot of Red Sea Auto on Tranquille Road in North Kamloops. Michels said police are working with Kamloops Fire Rescue to determine a cause.

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This shopping cart near the North Shore McDonald's, filed with somebody's possessions, was destroyed by fire on Nov. 29. - KTW

On Sunday afternoon, firefighters responded to an area near Fortune Drive and Vernon Avenue in North Kamloops after a shopping cart full of someone’s belongings went up in flames. The car was a common site in the area, often parked next to the United Steelworkers building, next to the McDonald’s restaurant.

Passerby managed to move the burning cart away from the building before the fire was extinguished.

Michels said there is no evidence at this time linking the fires, but investigations are ongoing.

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