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Church fire doused in West Kelowna

Fire damaged a church being renovated in West Kelowna overnight.
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October 26, 2018 - 8:47 AM

WEST KELOWNA - A church being renovated in the 3700 block of Glenway Road in West Kelowna caught on fire overnight.

“Upon arrival crews found a church under renovation with the attic space full of smoke and a smouldering fire in the insulation in the ceiling,” assistant fire chief Chad Gartrell with West Kelowna Fire Rescue says in a media release.

“Crews took great care to protect the new building materials with tarps prior to pulling the ceiling down to wet the insulation to minimize the damage caused by water application," Gartrell says. "Once inside the attic, crews found several roof trusses had burnt completely through, the ceiling was removed until no more charring could be found.”

The fire was called in by on-scene security staff who remained overnight to make sure the fire did not re-ignite.

Investigators will try to determine the cause of the fire today, Oct. 26, but at this point, it does not seem suspicious.

Four fire engines and one command unit responded from all four West Kelowna fire stations for a total of 14 firefighters on scene.

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