Fire erupts at Maple Reinders in Kelowna

Firefighters battle a blaze that started in a storage shed at Maple Reinders in Kelowna.

KELOWNA - Firefighters battled a blaze that broke out in a Sea Can outside Maple Reinders at 225 Lougheed Road just off Hollywood Road north.

The call went out just after 4 p.m. on Friday bringing four large pumper trucks and two smaller emergency vehicles from the Kelowna Fire Department. RCMP blocked off traffic to the area and directed onlookers to move away from the thick, black, yellow and green smoke spewing from the trailer. The coloured smoke was from spray on insulation on the inside of the trailer and very toxic. B.C. Ambulance was on standby.

In a news release, Kelowna Fire Department Platoon Captain Dale Calhoun said, "Due to the strong winds and the number of buildings on the property the fire quickly became a concern for the fire crews."

Maple Reinders Division Manager Bodo Papke was watching events unfold and told Infotel News the cause of the fire is unknown at this time. Fire investigators will be looking for the cause.

"Nobody was inside," Papke said. "Nobody was hurt. Everyone is OK which is the number one priority."

Shortly after the fire was brought under control, Fortis B.C. trucks moved in to turn off electricity to the shed.

The fire was brought under control in less than an hour and crews were still on scene for cleanup at 5:30 p.m.

The trailer was used for dry storage and crews had to remove a lot of product to cool and put out the hot spots.

The Maple Reinders website descibes the company as designer and builders of structures to accomodate the requirements of the customer which might be commercial, residential, recreational or any number of different structure types. They are members of the Canada Green Buildings Council.


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