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Physical investigation into the Kengard Manor apartment fire set to begin today.

They'll be looking for the area of origin, and then trying to determine to what the source of ignition would have been."

Merritt Fire Rescue Department Chief David Tomkinson says at this point it's still unclear if any up to 60 displaced residents will be able return to their homes.

"Structural engineers still have to go in. There's lots of insurance companies involved, so at this time it's just not something I can confirm."

Meanwhile, ESS funding that many displaced residents are using to stay at area hotels is set to run out as early as today.

With rental vacancies already at a premium, the City of Merritt has applied for additional emergency funding, and is expected release more information today.

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