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Apartment fire on Truswell Road continues to keep residents away from homes

The flames could be seen from a distance as the building under construction on Truswell Road burned on July 8, 2017.
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July 10, 2017 - 5:22 PM

KELOWNA - A fire that engulfed a six-storey apartment building on Saturday left more than 100 residents registering for emergency services.

According to Travis Whiting, Kelowna’s fire chief, 133 residents registered for emergency services after being displaced from the fire on Truswell Road.

Although the apartment building that initially caught fire had no one living in it, the adjacent buildings, The Water’s Edge North, and Walnut Grove were affected by the fire.

According to Whiting, nine units in Walnut Grove were damaged by the fire.

Evacuation orders for both buildings have been rescinded, however according to a resident  there is heavy smoke damage.

“I can go back tonight, but it’s still smokey so I might stay away one more night,” said Walnut Grove resident Sheri Skelly.

Skelly is currently being put up by the province at the Sandman Hotel & Suites in Kelowna. However, Monday night is the last night she will be able to do so without footing the bill herself.

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