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Oliver firefighters called out to suspicious fire

The blaze destroyed an old garage adjacent from the food bank on Co-Op Street
Oliver firefighters were called out to a suspicious fire at 1:38 a.m. Sunday at Station and Co-Op. (Oliver Fire Department)

Another structure in Oliver has gone up in flames.

Around 1:40 a.m. on Sunday, March 6, Oliver Fire responded to calls of flames coming from an old garage/workshop on farmland at Station Street and Co-Op St. Fire crews arrived to find the building fully engulfed.

The blaze is considered suspicious, said Oliver Fire. The The structure was an old garage adjacent to the flea market/food bank properties.

Crews made quick action to k

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nock the fire down. By the time crews arrived the building was a total loss. An investigation is pending. No injuries to report, said Oliver Fire Department spokesperson Rob Graham.

Crews were on scene for about 2.5 hours with a total of 17 firefighters and five apparatus.

This is second suspicious fire in the past 30 days in Oliver and at least the third structure fire.

The Pot Doctor building was set ablaze on Feb. 22 with the arsonist caught on camera pouring accelerant on the floor of the interior of the building.

VIDEO: Arsonist sets Oliver pot shop on fire

Prior to that a home on Merlot went up in flames, leaving a family without their home and possessions. That fire is not suspicious but the cause is currently unknown.

READ MORE: Oliver family thanks community for support after house fire

A rag fire at a laundry mat also kept firefighters busy recently.

Monique Tamminga

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Monique brings 20 years of award-winning journalism experience to the role of editor at the Penticton Western News. Of those years, 17 were spent working as a senior reporter and acting editor with the Langley Advance Times.
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