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Fire causes extensive damage to West Kelowna home

West Kelowna firefighters battled a blaze at home in on Sunview Drive, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED / West Kelowna Fire Rescue
August 06, 2020 - 4:38 PM

Black smoke and flames could be seen from a West Kelowna home as firefighters tackled the blaze this morning.

Crews responded to report of a structure fire in the 2000 block of Sunview Drive at approximately 10:30 a.m. today, Aug. 6, according to a West Kelowna Fire Rescue news release. 

Upon arrival, firefighters found a single family residence with heavy volumes of both smoke and flame coming from the back side of the house with a possible extension to the neighbouring house.

The firefighters used large hose lines to knock down the large fire, attempting to prevent the fire from spreading to the second home.

"A small grass fire was also ignited by radiant heat in the back portion of the property which was knocked down by the same exposure hand lines. Once the fire was cooled from the exterior crews transitioned to an interior attack to knock down any residual fire in the void spaces," assistant fire chief Chad Gartrell said in the release.

The house next door had minor smoke damage in the attic but didn't catch fire.  

The home's occupants were not home at the time and they have insurance. The damage to the house was extensive and investigators have determined the cause of the fire is not suspicious.

West Kelowna firefighters battled a blaze at home in on Sunview Drive, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020 that sparked a small grass fire.
West Kelowna firefighters battled a blaze at home in on Sunview Drive, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020 that sparked a small grass fire.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED / West Kelowna Fire Rescue

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