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Cawston fire leaves one person homeless

FILE PHOTO - Firefighters from Keremeos and Osoyoos spent a hot afternoon battling a house fire in Cawston yesterday, June 27, 2016.
June 28, 2016 - 10:30 AM

PENTICTON - An afternoon structure fire in the Similkameen yesterday has left one resident homeless.

The Keremeos Fire Department responded to calls of a house fire on Stewart Road in Cawston around 1 p.m., yesterday, June 27, fire chief Jordy Bosscha says.

Ten Keremeos and five Osoyoos firefighters eventually arrived on scene, fighting the blaze for roughly three hours. Bosscha says the fire was in a small, older house which proved stubborn to bring under control due to a large amount of sawdust insulation and multiple wall layers.

The lone tenant, who is now homeless because of the blaze, is being looked after by emergency social services.

No injuries were reported, although several firefighters suffered from exhaustion with daytime temperatures exceeding 30 Celsius.

Bosscha says the structure is still standing, but is a complete write-off. He expressed thanks to the Osoyoos fire department and Cawston Cold Storage, who provided access to an external well to allow tenders to replenish their water supplies.

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