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Almost back to business as usual for Budget Rental Car after suspicious fire

The Notre Dame Drive Budget Rental Car office was reduced to near rubble after a fire tore through the building April 14, 2017. .
June 04, 2017 - 10:00 AM

KAMLOOPS - More than one month after a suspected arson at a rental car business in Kamloops, things are beginning to get back to normal. 

Greg Willmon, director of Devon Transport Ltd., says employees are back to work and have been in good spirits ever since the April 14 blaze which gutted the Budget Rental Car office.

For now, staff who worked in the office are working out of temporary trailers for the next few months, Willmon says.

"We're just waiting to apply for a building permit application to the city," Willmon says. "The plan is to rebuild on that site as quickly as possible, but we'll be working out of those temporary trailers for the next three to four months."

The office was the only part of the property severely damaged by the fire. Willmon previously told that surveillance footage from a nearby business showed a truck backing into the Notre Dame Drive business and someone intentionally set the fire. 

"There was some (staff) confused at the very beginning wondering why somebody might consider burning the building down," he says. "Everyone took it very well."

So far, Willmon says RCMP hasn't communicated any updates into the investigation or any potential suspects. He says he's thankful to the neighbouring businesses in the area for offering a helping hand in Budget's time of need.

He says they're also upgrading their security system, although he believes no system would have prevented this fire from happening.

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