Investigators unable to pinpoint cause of weekend house fire

By James Peters
October 5, 2016 - 4:58am

KAMLOOPS — Kamloops Fire Rescue investigators have not come up with a definitive cause to the fire that did extensive damage to a Summit Drive townhouse complex on Sunday.

But Chief Fire Prevention Officer Dean Olstad says there are a couple of possibilities.

"I can't say for sure which one it was, but I found a large amount of smoking materials in the area of origin of the fire in the room, and also there were some extension cords and electrical devices that it could have been as well," Olstad said, "but because of the extent of the damage I couldn't determine which one of the two present itself as being the exact cause of the fire."

Olstad says the fire destroyed the entire top floor of the building.

He notes it's a good reminder to make sure smoking materials are fully extinguished, and only employ extension cords for temporary uses.

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