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First gunshots then a fire at same North Kamloops home

A fire between two houses on Yew Street in Kamloops burned the fence, at least two sheds and the siding of one house on July 28, 2022.

First a shooting and police stand-off, then a fire has neighbours around a North Kamloops house concerned for their safety.

A fire broke out around 1 a.m., July 28, torching a shed at 134 Yew Street, the same house where police responded to gunshots just eight days earlier.

"I don't scare easily, but these people... scare me," a resident nearby said of the 134 Yew Street residents.

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She asked not to be identified out of concern for her family's safety.

She didn't know what started the fire on July 28, but it makes her worried. All she knew was the fire started around 1 a.m. and the residents were still inside the house by the time firefighters showed up.

"I stepped out, looked around and all the neighbours were watching," another witness said after he woke up around 1:30 a.m.

There were very few problems on the street before the new residents moved into 134 Yew Street around two months ago, he said, but he had "bad vibes" from them right from the beginning. 

By the time Kamloops Fire Rescue doused the blaze, it had burned a backyard shed. It also burned a shed and the house siding at 128 Yew Street.

Kamloops Fire Rescue wasn't available to comment on this fire on Friday, July 29.

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According to a witness who saw what happened on July 20 before RCMP arrived, where there was an argument where four people were on the property, followed by three gunshots.

RCMP brought in the heavily-armed Emergency Response Team and blocked the street for six hours until eventually arresting three people.

One other man ran from the scene before police arrived, according to witnesses.

"The one they didn't arrest... was the one that instigated the whole thing," the first unnamed witness said.

B.C. RCMP spokesperson Sgt. Chris Manseau could not confirm whether there is a police investigation into the fire and no one from Kamloops RCMP was available for comment Friday, July 29.

Although police arrested three people on July 20, they were released the next day and court records show no charges have yet been laid.

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