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Everyone safe after Westside barbecue fire spreads to two houses

A barbecue fire damaged two homes in Westbank First Nation.
August 17, 2018 - 8:43 AM

WESTBANK FIRST NATION - No one was injured during a barbecue fire that took out two houses last night.

Crews responded in force with five fire trucks last night, Aug. 16, West Kelowna Fire Rescue fire chief Jason Brolund said in a press release, and managed to put out the “rapidly intensifying” fire which had spread to a second house.

One cat was rescued from inside one of the two buildings and along with another pet and 11 people are receiving aid from Emergency Support Services.

Brolund said hot, smoky conditions made fighting the fire more difficult.

He says the accidental fire started in the barbecue and was not suspicious.

— This story was updated at 1:04 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, 2018 to include new information about the cause of the fire.

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