Over 30 people displaced after hotel fire on North Shore

Kamloops fire crews responding to a call at the Duchess Hotel early this morning, Jan. 2, 2019.
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KAMLOOPS - More than 30 people were displaced from a North Shore hotel after a fire that broke out early this morning.

Fire crews responded to a call shortly before 3 a.m. today, Jan. 2, at the Duchess Hotel just off of Tranquille Road, after a fire started on the third floor.

Acting platoon captain Chris Burnham says every fire truck in the city responded to the call.

"There were five people rescued from the third floor via ladders," he says, adding the blaze itself was put out fairly quickly but there is extensive damage to at least three units on the floor where the fire started.

"Tranquille Road was completely closed off," Burnham says. "There were 33 people sent by city transit bus to MacArthur Island Park because they were displaced because of the hotel, so they are over there now being looked after."

Burnham also says four people were sent to the hospital for inhaling smoke and there was one person with a burn injury.

There is no word on how the fire started, Burnham says.

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