It could take another day to determine what caused a fire that gutted a North Kamloops home on Monday night.
No one was home at the corner of MacKenzie Avenue and Poplar Street when firefighters arrived to find smoke billowing from the bungalow.
The fire started in a bedroom at the rear of the home around 8:30 p.m. and spread to the attic, said Arlene Ball, an investigator for Kamloops Fire and Rescue.
“We’re just in the preliminary part of the investigation,” she said Tuesday afternoon.
A passerby, who didn’t not to give her name, was concerned for the wellbeing of one resident named TJ, who has special needs.
The home evidently has a bad reputation, others suggested.
"It should have been torn down a long time ago," said a woman who walked by Tuesday morning.
Some neighbours, who gathered to watch the blaze, called it a drug house.
It now sits empty behind fire-line tape with a security guard keeping an eye on it.