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Police investigating after someone douses Kamloops duplex in gasoline, starts fire

A fire on the porch of this 10th Street home is considered suspicious.
May 31, 2016 - 7:45 AM

KAMLOOPS - Mounties are investigating a house fire as suspicious after it appears gasoline was used to set the fire.

No one was hurt and the home wasn't badly damaged thanks to neighbours who extinguished the blaze in the 1200-block of 10th Street around 5:50 a.m., yesterday, May 30. They poured water and stopped the fire from reaching inside the duplex, which was vacant at the time.

Cpl. Jodi Shelkie, spokesperson for Kamloops RCMP, says it's likely arson and the forensic identification section has joined the investigation.

"Police and fire on scene noted a strong odour of gasoline on the porch of the residence and found several containers with remnants of accelerant nearby," she says in a release. "The RCMP are asking anyone who may have seen someone at or near the residence on 10th Street early on Monday morning to give them a call."

Police also want to speak to a man who was at the fire. He is described as late-20s to early-30s, 5’8”, 160 pounds, scraggy brown hair, scruffy facial hair and wearing a brown hoodie. This man was picked up by someone driving a blue, late-2000 model, Chevrolet Super Sport truck. 

Neighbours quickly doused a fire on the porch of this vacant 10th Street house this week.
Neighbours quickly doused a fire on the porch of this vacant 10th Street house this week.

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