House fire on North River Drive quickly knocked down

KAMLOOPS - Nobody was home except the family dog when a fire broke out in a Batchelor Hills area house Tuesday afternoon.

Firefighter Steve Kilmartin says the fire was quickly knocked down at 1751 North River Drive just before 2 p.m. July 8. A neighbour reported the fire, sparked at the rear of the home.

By the time RCMP arrived, smoke and flames were apparent and Mounties scrambled to rescue the dog that was taken out of the building unharmed. Shortly after firefighters arrived with several trucks. There was some smoke and water damage Kilmartin says, and the homeowner won't be able to go back into the house today. 

An ambulance was on standby, but there were no injuries.

Fortis B.C. arrived at about 2:15 p.m. to investigate potential electrical problems.

Once the fire was under control, several firefighters took a moment to seek relief from the heat of the 34 C day by dousing themselves at a pumper truck and passing around bottles of water.

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