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UPDATE: Investigation determines cause of Rutland fire

A fire broke out on the patio of this house on Bach Road Thursday night.
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August 20, 2014 - 9:09 AM

KELOWNA – RCMP and fire investigators on the scene of house fire in Rutland August 14 have concluded their investigation and determined it was caused by a barbecue.

At the time the fire was thought to be suspicious.

A family of four was left homeless after the fire ripped through their home on Bach Road around 10 p.m.

Platoon Capt. Steve Wallick said the flames were shooting out of the roof six metres when crews arrived.

Everyone managed to get out of the house unharmed. Firefighters rescued the family’s dog from the burning home.

The rear of the house, patio and part of the roof suffered extensive damage.

The family was placed in the care of Emergency Social Services.

Investigators from both the fire department and the RCMP remained on the scene as they looked into the cause of the blaze, according to an RCMP media release.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Const. Greg Wilcocks of Kelowna RCMP GIS at 250-762-3300.

You can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.

The fire is believed to have started on the porch behind the house.
The fire is believed to have started on the porch behind the house.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at aproskiw@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

— This story was updated at 9:30 a.m., Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 to add the possible cause of the fire.

— This story was updated at 3:04 p.m., Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 to include new information from the RCMP.

— This story was updated at 9 a.m., Wednesday, August 20 to include new information from the RCMP.

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