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Central Okanagan fire crews put out separate blazes

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June 21, 2017 - 9:08 AM

KELOWNA - A structure fire and a wildfire last night kept firefighters in both Kelowna and West Kelowna hopping.

Kelowna firefighters were called at about 5:23 p.m. yesterday, June 20, to a mobile home fire in the 5000 block of Chute Lake Road, according to a media release. A shed and hedge were also on fire.

Platoon Capt. Tim Light says the mobile home was fully engulfed in flames and the heavy winds made it difficult to extinguish.

The home owners, who are currently out of town, will come home to significant damage, however fire personnel were able to save some important personal effects, Light says.

Fire investigators will be back on the scene today looking for the cause.

Meanwhile in West Kelowna at around 11:07 p.m. yesterday, an unattended cooking fire sparked a wildfire in a wooded area above homes near the intersection of Gellatly Road and Angus Drive, according to a media release.

West Kelowna Fire Rescue assistant fire chief Darren Lee says crews were able to extend wildland hose packs and stretch a 2.5 inch hose to attack the blaze.

"Once the fire was knocked-down, West Kelowna firefighters worked to establish a hand-guard around the perimeter of the fire," Lee says in the release.

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