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Cause of motel fire undetermined

The cause of a fire that broke out in a unit of the Pass Motor Inn last week remains undetermined.

PENTICTON - The investigation into last week's fire at the Pass Motor Inn in Penticton won't offer the answers interested parties are looking for.

After a thorough inspection of the burned-out unit in which the fire began Penticton fire inspector Mike Richards reported this week the fire department was unable to determine the exact cause of the fire.

Richards said because the unit was involved in a full flashover there was little evidence left to determine the cause. He said what evidence did remain indicated the fire began in an area of the living room.

Three people escaped from two second storey units at the motel at approximately 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 30. The lone male occupant of the unit where the fire began suffered burns to his face and arm. He was taken to Penticton Regional Hospital where he was treated and released.

The fire caused major damage to two second floor units and smoke and water damage to the two units below.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Steve Arstad at or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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