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Cause of fire unclear at North Kamloops drug house

The investigation continues into a house fire at MacKenzie and Poplar Monday night.
October 25, 2013 - 9:23 AM

KAMLOOPS - The house at the corner of MacKenzie Avenue and Poplar Street doesn't need yellow caution tape to stand out on the street.

The house was the centre of an investigation after a blaze on Monday night. Kamloops Fire and Rescue was called to the scene around 8:30 p.m. Monday after a fire that started in one of the bedrooms and spread to the attic.

"One half of the house is totally destroyed," said Kamloops Fire and Rescue Inspector Arlene Ball.

While Ball said the cause of the fire cannot be determined, the fire was suspicious in nature.

The windows are now boarded up, the house gutted. But it wasn't in tip-top shape to begin with, with the yard overgrown and almost hidden by the large willow trees, litter and scraps scattered throughout the yard. A random thermos lid, some tool bits and various buckets merely blend into the backdrop of the beaten down old house.

It's unclear so far what caused the fire, but multiple passerbys were unanimous in saying it's a known 'drug house.'

One person, who wished not to be named, appreciated the attention it has received because of the fire. They live on the street and would like to see changes.

"Maybe it'll get cleaned up now," they said.

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