Fire destroys Kin Race Track grandstand

Flames roar through the grandstand at Kin Race Track Wednesday at about 11:30m p.m. - teresa fennell photo
Flames roar through the grandstand at Kin Race Track Wednesday at about 11:30m p.m.
— image credit: teresa fennell photo

Public assistance is being sought after a Vernon landmark was destroyed by fire.

Flames roared through the Kin Race Track grandstand Wednesday at about 11:30 p.m.

"We know there were a number of witnesses who saw the fire. If they have video or copies of photos, we'd like to see them," said Gord Molendyk, RCMP spokesperson.

"It would help us identify where the fire started. We'd like to get to the bottom of the fire."

Vernon firefighters were on scene within minutes of getting the initial call.

"The fire was going from one end of the grandstand to the other by the time the crews arrived," said Jack Blair, deputy chief.

The immediate concern was embers possibly starting fires in adjacent grassland.

"They got water on to it fast and made sure there were no other areas exposed," said Blair.

The cause of the fire is not known at this time and officials are reluctant to say if it's suspicious.

"It's too early because we haven't had a chance to go over the scene yet," said Blair, adding that investigators will be sifting through the rubble Thursday morning.

"With the recent rash of suspicious fires in the community, we will be looking at that and working with the RCMP."

The Okanagan Equestrian Society, which uses the track, will meet next week to discuss insurance and what options it may pursue, including possibly replacing the grandstand.



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