Investigation into suspicious fire on hold

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The investigation into a 'suspicious' fire is on hold as RCMP await lab results from the scene.

The information will help determine the cause of a fire that extensively damaged a rooming house complex at 331 Seymour St. W around 11:15 p.m. Saturday, March 30.

"The next piece of information will come from the lab," said Kamloops RCMP Const. Bernie Ward. "They won't speak to us until they've got definitive lab results back on their suspicion of how it started."

Ward said it may take weeks for the information to come back.

"There were no injuries and no deaths involved, so it's on a lower priority," he said.

He said the lab information can help source the fire back to natural causes or unnatural causes, such as arson.

"At this point it's still classed as suspicious," he added.

Once RCMP are informed of the cause, they decide on whether a criminal investigation will be pursued.

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