News from Kamloops

June 2, 2015

KFR responds to Fire at Iron Mask Trailer Park

Kamloops, B.C.– On June 1, 2015 at 14:42, Kamloops Fire Rescue responded to the report of a structure fire at Iron Mask Trailer Park with a standard first alarm with the addition of 1 Water Tender, 1 Tower Truck. The first in Engine arrived on scene to find a double wide trailer engulfed in flames. Due to the progression of the fire, the lack of water from the private hydrants, and the report that everyone was out of the building, the officer in charge made the decision to prevent the potential of the fire from spreading to other buildings.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation but it can be confirmed that the fire originated in the kitchen and that everyone made it out of the home unharmed with the exception of one cat that was overcome by fire and another cat still unaccounted for.

Fire Chief Dale McLean comments, “Our thoughts from all of the staff at Kamloops Fire Rescue go out to the family who suffered from this loss. Iron Mask Trailer Park’s water system is a privately owned system not maintained by the City of Kamloops. This system is tested on an annual basis and fire flow rates are provided to Kamloops Fire Rescue. These fire hydrant flow rates have been identified as insufficient for the purposes of fire-fighting. To address these concerns, alternative arrangements have been made as part our dispatch system to provide a water tender for any fire call in the trailer park.”

There are many areas throughout Kamloops that may have no fire hydrant protection or insufficient water for fire flow. In these cases water tenders are dispatched to the report of any fire incident.

For more information on testing of private fire hydrant go to: www.kamloops.ca/firerescue/prevention/private-hydrants.shtml.

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Media Contact:
Dale Mclean, Fire Chief
Kamloops Fire Rescue
City of Kamloops
250-571-2961
dmclean@kamloops.ca