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Fire at Keremeos storage facility

The fire that burned vehicles at a Kermeos storage facility on Boxing Day was turned over to the RCMP to investigate, according to the Keremeos fire chief.

Jordy Bosscha said because there were footprints in the snow and graffiti at Ambry Self Storage, the fire was deemed suspicious.

RCMP North District spokeswoman Lesley Smith confirms the fire was indeed suspicious, and they are now in the early stages of an investigation.

Bosscha says 14 firefighters responded to the blaze at the facility on Veterans Avenue at 1:30 a.m. on Dec. 26.

At the scene they found a fifth wheel travel trailer and motorhome on fire. There was also some damage to a flat deck trailer and a cube van, and it appeared someone tried to light a second travel trailer on fire, said Bosscha.

In addition to the vehicles that burned, there was an assortment of graffiti sprayed onto other trailers and motorhomes at the same location.

Once firefighters noticed things looked suspicious, they tried to leave the site as intact as possible, so the RCMP could investigate, said Bosscha.

The owner of the facility could not be reached for comment. On Monday, there was a sign posted outside Ambry that read "Sorry closed because of fire no access."

A Keremeos resident who lives near where the incident took place, said he saw smoke and initially thought the nearby packing house was on fire.

Another resident said she was angry that someone would deliberately destroy the storage property. It is also worrying, because there has been a recent spate of crime in Keremeos, including several mail box break ins, she said.

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