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Fire next to Sandman Centre travels 35 feet up tree before being doused by firefighters

The fire is believed to be human-caused
The scene of the burned blue spruce tree. (via Brendan Kergin)

Kamloops Fire Rescue (KFR) was called to the Sandman Centre early this morning (Feb. 11) for a fire near the train tracks.

Reports came in at 3:53 a.m. that a fire was growing on the east side of the arena, Platoon Cpt. Darryl Cooper says.

"Engine three was dispatched to the east side of Sandman Centre," he says. "They used a water cannon to extinguish it with some shovels."

blue-spruce-fireUp close, the foam used to douse the blue spruce tree looks like snow. (via Brendan Kergin)

The blaze had grown to about four feet by 10 feet on the ground, Cooper tells KamloopsMatters. After KFR got the ground fire under control, the crew tackled the flames crawling up a blue spruce tree. The fire got about 35 feet up the tree before firefighters doused it with foam.

It took the crew about an hour to make sure the fire was completely out, Cooper adds.

He says the fire was likely caused by a human, but a cause has not been confirmed.

He adds while it's cold out right now, it's also dry.

"(It's) extremely dry out there," he says. "As seen at Cooney Bay, these fuels can take off."


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