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Duplex fire knocked down quickly in West Kelowna

West Kelowna Fire Rescue responding to house fire on Chieftain Road.
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June 07, 2016 - 1:48 PM

WEST KELOWNA - With the recent heat, wildfires maybe top of mind but West Kelowna Fire Rescue wants to remind residents structures fires happen all year round.

Crews responded around 10 a.m. today, June 7, to a report of a fire in 2400-block of Chieftain Road in Westbank.

Firefighters found a fire in a bedroom on the second floor of a duplex which was threatending to spread from bedroom furniture to the rest of the house, assistant fire chief Darren Lee says in a press release.

Lee says his crew was able to quickly extinguish the fire before it spread. Ten firefighters responded to the alarm along with personnel from B.C. Ambulance, B.C. Hydro and Fortis Gas.

The home’s residents weren’t home when the fire started, but called 911 when they returned and heard their smoke detector going off.

“A lot of media coverage is directed to wildfire this time of year, but this incident serves as reminder that we all need to have working smoke alarms and family escape plan year-round,” Lee says in the release.

Emergency support services is attending to the resident’s immediate needs, Lee says, and preliminary investigation shows the fire’s cause to be a faulty electrical device.

Crews remain on scene monitoring the house for hot spots.

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