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No fire hydrants to fight Kamloops trailer park fire

The fire scene at Iron Mask Mobile Home Park after the double-wide trailer was extinguished on Monday, June 1.
June 03, 2015 - 9:17 AM

KAMLOOPS - After a fire ripped through a double-wide trailer at the Iron Mask Mobile Home Park earlier this week the local fire chief has confirmed private hydrants on the property were lacking water flow.

“Our thoughts from all of the staff at Kamloops Fire Rescue go out to the family who suffered from this loss," Fire Chief Dale McLean said in a release yesterday, June 2. "Iron Mask Trailer Park’s water system is a privately owned system not maintained by the City of Kamloops. This system is tested on an annual basis and fire flow rates are provided to Kamloops Fire Rescue. These fire hydrant flow rates have been identified as insufficient for the purposes of fire-fighting. To address these concerns, alternative arrangements have been made as part our dispatch system to provide a water tender for any fire call in the trailer park."

McLean said the fire started in the kitchen, but investigators are still determining the cause. Darren Crabbe told InfoNews.ca he was cooking on the stove when a grease fire broke out.

The family escaped the trailer unharmed but a pet cat died in the fire and the family is still searching for a second one.

Along with the mobile home park, McLean said there are many areas throughout the city with insufficient water or lack of fire hydrants. In those cases, the city dispatches water tender trucks.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Glynn Brothen at gbrothen@infonews.ca, or call 250-319-7494. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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