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Fires keep Enderby crews busy

Enderby firefighters didn’t get much of a chance to relax on the weekend.

The volunteer crew was called out twice — once on Friday and once on Saturday — to reports of structure fires.

“They did really well, We had a good turnout,” said Gerard Doorn, fire chief.

The first incident occurred at about 11:30 p.m. Friday in a second floor storage room in the 600 block of Cliff View Street.

“We contained the fire to the upper level but there was water and smoke damage to the bottom level,” said Doorn.

The main floor is occupied by Little City Fashions.

The Cliff View Street blaze is still under investigation.

“We’re not sure what caused it yet,” said Dan Doran, deputy chief.

The second fire occurred Saturday at about 3:17 p.m. in a garage in the 300 block of Old Salmon Arm Road.

“Once inside, firefighters observed equipment and activity relayed to a grow-op,” said Gord Molendyk, RCMP spokesperson.

Police officers were called to the scene and 974 marijuana plants were located inside the garage, as was a hydro bypass.

Marijuana plants were also located in a house on the property, while a hydro bypass was discovered at a second adjacent residence.

No arrests have been made, and no charges have been laid.

“Our members are still continuing to work on the file,” said Molendyk.

Firefighters experienced some challenges accessing the Old Salmon Arm Road site.

“The garage was on a hillside so it was tough to get equipment in there,” said Doorn. “It was steep so we had to take everything in by hand.”

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