Duplex extensively damaged after Westsyde fire

A house fire on Westsyde Road shut down the street between Kyle Drive and Huntington Drive on March 12, 2018.
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KAMLOOPS - Two units inside a Westsyde duplex have been significantly damaged after a fire yesterday afternoon.

Kamloops Fire Rescue investigators are working with RCMP to determine the cause of the house fire that shut down a stretch of Westsyde Road yesterday, March 12.

Fire department investigator Kevin Cassidy says he can't comment on whether or not the fire is considered suspicious, but says it started in the basement of the north unit.

"That unit was completely destroyed," he says. "The unit next to it, there’s significant damage to it as well."

One person was taken to hospital with minor injuries, Cassidy says.

He adds people should always have working smoke alarms in their homes and a carbon monoxide alarm if they have gas appliances. There should be a smoke alarm on each floor of the home outside of the bedrooms, and it's recommended each bedroom have a smoke detector as well.

Two GoFundMe campaigns have been created for the affected residents. You can find them here and here.

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