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Downed power lines challenged crews fighting suspicious Rutland fire

August 29, 2016 - 7:20 AM

KELOWNA - Fire crews had to be careful around downed electrical lines while fighting a house fire on Mugford Road in Rutland.

Kelowna Fire Department Platoon Capt. Steve Wallick says crews found the downed lines when they responded to a 2:30 a.m. fire call at an abandoned house in the 600 block of Mugford that was 'fully involved.'

"Fire crews managed to subdue the flames while staying clear of the downed power lines," Wallick said in a release.

Fortis B.C. was later shut down the power to the live wires. 

Wallick says 16 firefighters from three fire engines, a rescue truck, command vehicle responded, among others. B.C. Ambulance, Fortis and RCMP were also on scene.

He says the fire is suspicious and will be investigated while firefighters remain on scene checking for hot spots. The house was destroyed.

"Kelowna Fire Department would like to remind everyone to treat any downed power line as if it were live," he says.

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