UPDATE: Accidental kitchen fire at West Kelowna townhouse

West Kelowna Fire Rescue crews extinguished a kitchen fire in a townhouse complex in the 1800 block of Peak Point Drive in Rose Valley, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016.
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WEST KELOWNA – Four people are temporarily homeless after a kitchen fire at a unit in a West Kelowna townhouse last night.

West Kelowna Fire Rescue was called at about 6 p.m., Sept. 27, to the townhouse complex in the 1800 block of Peak Point Drive in Rose Valley, assistant fire chief Darren Lee says in a media release.

“When the first crew arrived, they found heavy black smoke showing from the rear of a two-storey townhouse and heavy flames venting from the front,” Lee says in the release. “The main body of fire was located on the second floor of the home and several windows had failed due to high heat.”

Lee says firefighters attacked the blaze by stretching hoses into the inside of the home. Crews were able to quickly extinguish the blaze and contain it to the kitchen before it spread to the other townhouses.

Over 30 firefighters and command officers, along with four fire engines and a water tender in support, battled the blaze.

“Once the fire was knocked down firefighters worked to ensure that the fire had not spread into the roof and wall spaces,” Lee says in the release.

Four adults and one pet in two townhouse units are in the care of Emergency Support Services.

Investigators have ruled the fire as accidental and related to cooking.

— This story was updated at 2:29 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016 to add the cause of the fire.

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