August 19, 2016 - 5:02 PM
KAMLOOPS – Kamloops fire crews put out a house fire on the Westsyde this afternoon.
The first call came in at about 2:40 p.m., Aug. 19, with reports of a home fully engulfed in flames in the 4300 block of Karindale Road near Westsyde Road.
The family of four weren't home when the fire broke out and neighbour says he called 911 when he saw flames. The homeowners arrived on scene as the fire was being extinguished.
Acting Capt. Daniel Funk with Kamloops Fire Rescue says the family dog didn't survive fire.
"Firefighters tried to resuscitate the dog with no luck, unfortunately," he says.
Funk says the cause for the fire is unknown at this time and under investigation.
The two-storey house has extensive damage to the front on both floors, and attic. The front yard is also heavily damaged, with bushes in the front yard completely burned.
"It looks like it started in the front and worked its way towards the back and up into the attic," he says.
A building inspector will have to check the house out to determine if it can be salvaged, Funk says, but he thinks the homeowners may be able to renovate.
(BRENDAN KERGIN /InfoTel Multimedia)
— This story was updated at 3:35 p.m., Friday, Aug. 19, 2016 to correct the name of the neighbourhood and more information from the scene.
— This story was updated at 4:45 p.m., Friday, Aug. 19, 2016 with information from Kamloops Fire Rescue.
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