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Fire at suspected Enderby drug house

A suspected drug house in Enderby caught fire, Tuesday, April 30, 2019.
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ENDERBY - A suspected Enderby drug house was damaged by fire and smoke this afternoon, just as the occupants were vacating the condemned property.

Enderby Fire Department chief Cliff Vetter told they received the call at 1:20 p.m. today, April 30, and arrived at the 1908 George St. property shortly afterwards. Vetter said the house suffered extensive smoke damage but fire crews were able to save the building.

"We had it knocked down straight away," Vetter said. The fire chief said two people were at the house at the time of the fire.

According to a City of Enderby media release, the property is a suspected drug house and the City condemned the house on April 10. The house was condemned under city bylaws due to the presence of controlled substances and being in a hazardous conditions that made unfit for habitation.

RCMP had reported the house to the City after officers discovered its condition during the apprehension of a wanted person at the house. The City threatened legal action to enforce the bylaw, and the property owners then ordered the occupants to vacate.

Vetter said the cause of the fire is currently unknown.

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