Motel fire under investigation

A weekend fire at a motel in Enderby that sent one woman to hospital and claimed the life of a pet dog is under the scope of North Okanagan RMCP.

The fire was reported at the Sleep Right Inn, Unit #102 on March 22 at around 6:00 a.m.

The Enderby Fire Department with over a dozen responding members was able to knock out the blaze but what caused the fire is under the scope.

The 57-year-old tenant was taken to Vernon Jubilee hospital for treatment for her burn injuries - her current condition is unknown according to RCMP Spokesman Gord Molendyk.

Now the question is what caused the fire and whether it is suspicious in nature.

“Our officers are following up with interviews of witnesses in and around the area today in hopes of piecing together what happened,” said Molendyk.

He says RCMP will speak with the victim again and do some follow up in relation to video and cameras around the area.

As to whether the woman was attacked or if there was any ‘disturbances’ before the fire, it is still under investigation.

“There is a report to some sort of disturbance prior to that we are following up on. It was in and around the area,” explained Molendyk.

At this point it is believed that the fire started in the living room and caused some damage to nearby units.

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