December 18, 2012 - 12:27 PM
Twelve people escaped unharmed in a Rutland duplex fire this morning.
Kelowna fire crews responded to a 911 call at 7:11 a.m., about a house fire in the 500 block of Bolotzky Court. The first arriving engine reported heavy black smoke coming from the right rear of the two-storey duplex, along with smoke and flames coming from the doorway into the building from the carport.
A command vehicle, rescue truck, three engines and 15 firefighters were on the scene.
Crews entered a carport doorway, where they were faced with extreme heat and no visibility. They put out the majority of the fire from the doorway and extinguished the rest of the blaze through a window at the rear of the building.
All residents escaped the building before fire crews arrived. They have been supplied with temporary shelter by Emergency Social Services. Two pet cats died in the fire.
News from © InfoTel News Ltd, 2012