Industrial building on Tk'emlups reserve destroyed

A photograph from the scene shows crews battling a blaze on Okanagan Way on Jan. 9.
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KAMLOOPS - Fire investigators will be on scene at an industrial area on Tk'emlups reserve after a massive fire last night.

Kamloops Fire Rescue Platoon Capt. Troy Grant says crews were called to Okanagan Way at approximately 8:55 p.m. last night, Jan. 9.

"(Firefighters) could see it coming down the bypass, so they knew before they even got there it was going to be a defensive attack," Grant says.

Approximately 16 members began fighting the fire initially, which had engulfed a warehouse. Grant says flames were through the roof upon arrival.

RCMP, B.C. Ambulance, FortisBC and B.C. Hydro were also on scene.

Grant says firefighters fought the blaze from the outside as it was too dangerous for crews to enter the building. After it was almost completely knocked down, firefighters turned the scene over to security in the early morning hours today.

The building was destroyed, deemed unsafe and firefighters could not extinguish all of the hot spots.

Fire investigators will be on scene shortly, and there's no word on a cause yet.

Photographs and social media reports indicate the affected business was Valley View Industries.

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