A long-abandoned landmark restaurant burned to the ground Friday night (Jan. 5, 2018).
The former Brass Kettle Restaurant at the northwest corner of Hugh Allen and Pacific Way was fully engulfed when Kamloops Fire Rescue and RCMP responded shortly after 5 p.m.
Traffic became highly congested around the restaurant as firefighters tackled the blaze and police directed traffic around it. Cause of the fire isn’t known.
Man arrested after pellet pistol incident
Police also dealt with a pellet pistol incident earlier in the day at the Kamloops Aboriginal Friendship Society building at 125 Palm St. RCMP responded to a 911 call at 1:44 p.m. about a man waving a handgun around and threatening people inside the building.
Staff Sgt. Edward Preto said a suspect was taken into custody a block away. Police dog Fargo found the pellet pistol, which Preto said is an exact replica of a 9mm semi automatic pistol “and it is difficult even for person familiar with firearms to identify it as such.”
The suspect is facing charges and is being held for a bail hearing Saturday.