UPDATE: 8:40 a.m.
The fire at Vernon's Canadian Tire has been deemed “suspicious” and the RCMP is now investigating.
Vernon Fire Rescue responded to the fire in the Village Green Shopping Centre just before 3 a.m. Saturday morning, according to a press release from the City of Vernon.
“Upon arrival, crews found a large fire outside the building, within a locked compound,” the city said. “Initial crews on scene knocked the fire down quickly and then gained access inside the building to confirm the extension to the structure was extinguished.
Fourteen firefighters responded, along with police and paramedics.
No one was injured in the fire, but it caused extensive damage to the exterior of the Canadian Tire building, along with minor fire and smoke damage inside.
While the fire has been deemed suspicious, the city did not say how the fire is believed to have started.
UPDATE: 7:40 a.m.
Fire crews remain on scene at the Vernon Canadian Tire Saturday morning after an early morning blaze damaged the building.
The fire appears to have started outside the building, in the Garden Centre area, but it spread to the building and burned up the exterior wall. Firefighters said interior sprinklers were activated by the fire.
Firefighters, police and employees of a restoration company are on scene Saturday morning. Firefighters appear to be cutting into the roof of the building to extinguish any remaining hot spots.
The cause of the fire is not clear at this time.
ORIGINAL: 6:40 a.m.
Vernon's Canadian Tire caught fire early Saturday morning, according to a number of Castanet readers.
A number of people sent news tips to Castanet earlier this morning about the fire at the Village Green Shopping Centre, which reportedly started near the south loading dock of the Canadian Tire, near the BC Liquor Store.
One reader says the fire was first reported at about 1:30 a.m., while another said it was first started just after 3 a.m. As of 4:30 a.m., it was reportedly still burning.
The extent of the damage to the building is not clear at this time.
Castanet will update this story as more information becomes available.