Penticton firefighters douse Middle Bench blaze

Firefighters remove insulation from an attic space while fighting a cedar roof fire in Penticton yesterday, June 26, 2016.
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PENTICTON - Penticton firefighters responded to a structure fire on the city's east side yesterday.

Firefighters were called to a residence on Middle Bench Road around 6:45 p.m., Sunday, June 26, to find an older cedar shake roof ablaze, Penticton Fire Department Deputy Chief Dave Spalding says.

He says no smoke, fire or water damage was reported to the interior of the building, but the fire did penetrate the roof into the attic’s truss space.

“The  guys were able to get it before it did significant damage,” he says, adding an investigation is underway to the cause, which could possibly have been sparks from a nearby campfire.

Power had to be temporarily cut to the house and the residents spent last night at relatives, Spalding notes.

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