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Cause of Tolko mill fire likely accidental

A fire at Tolko mill Monday was likely set accidentally by transients staying in the area.
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July 08, 2014 - 10:08 AM

KELOWNA  – A fire that started at Tolko mill Monday evening was likely set accidentally by transients camping in the area.

The fire was contained to a pile of sawdust and bark mulch between the mill and Manhattan St., an area Kelowna Fire Capt. Tim Light says is frequented by transients.

“We found some home-made camping equipment nearby so we think that’s where it started,” he says. “It looks like it was accidental, there’s nothing intentional about it.”

Kelowna Fire responded shortly after 7 p.m. and stayed more than an hour.

“It certainly had the potential to be (a large fire),” Light says. “But the guys hit it pretty hard when they got there and kept it to a small size.”

RCMP Sgt. Wade Seversen says police are not investigating.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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