Kamloops This Week - Dave Eagles

Kamloops This Week - Dave Eagles

No injuries after three simultaneous house fires spark in Kamloops

It’s unclear how the fires started

  • Jul. 31, 2020 4:39 p.m.

-Kamloops This Week

Seven people have been displaced after three homes in Rayleigh simultaneously burned Friday afternoon.

Emergency crews were called to the neighbourhood along the Yellowhead Highway just before 2:30 p.m. for a trio of house fires that sparked one after the other.

Firefighters responded initially to a home fully engulfed in flames at 4831 Aspen Park Dr. on the west side of Spurraway Drive. That fire quickly spread to a second house next door at 4843 Aspen Park Dr. and, within a half hour, firefighters were on their way to a third house in flames about two blocks away on Reighmount Drive — located on the east side of Spurraway.

All occupants of the homes were accounted for and no one sustained any injuries in the fires.

Rayleigh resident Jake St. Germain was in the backyard of his Reighmount Drive a few doors away from where the third fire sparked when he noticed smoke coming from Aspen Park Drive.

He said he ran over to see the first home and it’s carport up in flames, adding that he saw the gas tank and tires of a truck in the driveway explode.

“Then the neighbour’s house was starting to catch fire, too — roof to roof,” St. Germain said, noting about 40 people were watching from the street.

He said he ran into the yard of that second house to remove a dog from the property, having stepped up when he heard people hollering about the canine companion.

St. Germain said he then noticed smoke billowing from Reighmount Drive.

“I thought it was my house, so I just ran,” he said, noting the fire turned out to be a few doors away.

A KTW reporter on scene at the time said he could see smoke pouring out of a vent near the peak of the Reighmount Drive house. He said flames seemed to be building at the rear of the home on the upper floor. He also saw flames on the back deck of the home and noticed what appeared to be a length of one or more electrical extension cords draped on the upper deck.

Kamloops Fire Rescue appeared to have all three house fires extinguished by the late afternoon with many fire trucks and ambulances still on scene at about 5:30 p.m.

RCMP victim services was also on scene liaising with the displaced residents.

KFR Assistant Chief Robb Schoular said firefighters had arrived on scene to find the first home in flames that had already spread to the second, neighbouring home.

The back half of the first home was severely damaged by fire, while the second home’s attic and kitchen were damaged, he said.

About 25 minutes after arriving, KFR received word of the fire on nearby Reighmount and was able to dispatch an engine crew to fight that fire.

Schoular said it’s rare to have to fight two separate house fires at the same time.

St. Germain, who’s called Rayleigh home for about 15 years, said he’s never seen that many fires occur at once, adding he contemplated the notion that someone had gone around the neighbourhood and set them deliberately.

“It’s pretty nuts that two would happen within half an hour, it’s quite the coincidence,” he said. “Crazy day, quiet neighbourhood, you definitely don’t get this.”

Kamloops RCMP said it’s unclear if the two fires are related, and Schoular said the causes are undetermined at this time, noting investigators were just arriving on scene at about 5:30 p.m.

Five residents between the two homes on Aspen Park Drive — three in one home and two from another — have been displaced by the fire as were two people who lived at the home on Reighmount Drive, Schoular said.

St. Germain said an elderly couple reside at the Reighmount Drive home that caught fire.

“Super nice old couple,” St. Germain said.

While no humans were injured in the fires, one of three dogs between the residences remains unaccounted for, Schoular said.

READ MORE: Police watchdog clears RCMP of wrongdoing in West Kelowna man’s death

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

fire

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A woman wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 uses walking sticks while walking up a hill, in New Westminster, B.C., on Sunday, November 29, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Interior Health reports 83 more COVID-19 infections overnight

46 cases are now associated with a COVID-19 community cluster in Revelstoke

Members of the Swansea Point Fire Department will be out with their trucks collecting food items on December 13. (CSRD photo)
Rural Shuswap fire departments gearing up for food banks

Food drives are planned in Silver Creek, White Lake and other communities

grapes.
Morning Start: Grapes light on fire in the microwave

Your morning start for Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020

A man wearing a face mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19 walks past a mural in Vancouver on Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Marissa Tiel
212 new COVID-19 cases in Interior Health over the weekend

A total of 490 cases remain active; 15 in hospital

Okanagan College students Michael Ochoa and Tallin Gregoire, both members of the Okanagan Indian Band, raised the Okanagan Nation Alliance flag on July 16, 2019,  outside the Vernon campus. (Karissa Gall photo)
First Nations reconciliation personified at Okanagan College

President Jim Hamilton’s foresight has opened post-secondary education doors for Okanagan College’s Indigenous students

A tongue-in-cheek message about wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 on a sign outside a church near Royal Columbia Hospital, in New Westminster, B.C., on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C.’s COVID-19 infection count climbs back up to 656

20 more people in hospital, active cases still rising

Brent Ross poses with his dog Jack who died over the weekend after asphyxiating on a ball. Ross hopes his experience serves as a cautionary tale to other dog owners. (Contributed)
Salmon Arm man warns others after dog dies from choking on a ball

Brent Ross grieving the sudden loss of Jack, a healthy, seven-year-old chocolate lab

This year’s Candlelight Vigil, United Against Violence Against Women, on Dec. 6, 2020 will not be in person at the campuses of Okanagan College due to COVID-19, but people will be able to gather online to watch a video presentation and light a candle in remembrance. (Image contributed)
Violence against women in North Okanagan-Shuswap to be remembered online

Participants in virtual vigil Dec. 6 asked to light a candle and post photo on social media

Mayor Colin Basran at the announcement of the 2021 Tim Horton’s Brier to be hosted in Kelowna on Nov. 21. (Contributed)
Tim Hortons Brier not coming to Kelowna

The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted Curling Canada to move to hub model, similar to the NHL playoffs

An Enderby restaurant and pub has been shut down since Sunday afternoon, Nov. 29, 2020 as a precaution after a guest reportedly tested positive for COVID-19. (Howard Johnson photo)
Enderby pub shuts down after guest reportedly tests positive for COVID-19

The Howard Johnson hotel, restaurant and pub has been closed since Sunday afternoon, Nov. 29

Robert Gibson, born November 24, 2020 is in BC Children’s Hospital. Photo contributed
Princeton baby fights for his life, with parents at his side

A Go Fund Me campaign has been started to help family with expenses

Grapevine Optical was the victim of an early morning break and enter Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2020. (Crime Stoppers Okanagan / Facebook)
Collection of designer sunglasses stolen from South Okanagan eye-wear shop

Crime Stoppers is seeking the identity of two male suspects

Most Read