Bookmark and Share

Kamloops hostage-taker killed in fiery explosion

What remains of a woman's home after a hostage taker sets off fiery explosion in her Kamloops neighbourhood. (Leia Hutchings/CBC)

One man is dead, but a woman and her family managed to escape a violent hostage-taking in Kamloops, B.C. Thursday night that ended with an explosion destroying a family home.

The incident began late early Thursday evening when a neighbour saw a man armed with a long gun burst into the home in the 1400 block of Cannel Drive.

That man rigged himself, the woman's home and a vehicle outside with explosives, and officials had to evacuate 15 homes in the suburban neighbourhood.

Kamloops assistant fire chief Mike Adams speaks explains what happened to the CBC's Pamela McCall.
Download Flash Player to view this content.

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Submission Policy

Note: The CBC does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comments, you acknowledge that CBC has the right to reproduce, broadcast and publicize those comments or any part thereof in any manner whatsoever. Please note that comments are moderated and published according to our submission guidelines.