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UPDATE: Fire destroys outbuilding; threatens forest in West Kelowna

Image Credit: West Kelowna Fire Rescue
June 01, 2020 - 11:36 AM

An early morning fire today destroyed an outbuilding in West Kelowna Estates.

West Kelowna Fire Rescue responded to a call shortly after 3 a.m. today, June 1, and found an outbuilding fully engulfed in flames that were beginning to spread to nearby trees, according to a media release.

They were able to quickly knock the fire down and protect the home and prevent the fire from spreading. Twelve firefighters from Lakeview Heights, Rose Valley and Westbank fire stations responded to the blaze.

No one was hurt and the cause of the fire has been ruled accidental.

"The outbuilding was being used to raise turkey’s and investigators determined a heat lamp that was in use ignited woody materials on the floor of the building which led to the fire," fire chief Jason Brolund said in the release.

West Kelowna Fire Rescue noted that $500 grants are available to help reduce the risk of fire near forests.

"The neighbourhood of West Kelowna Estates is an example of a wildland and urban interface zone," the release states. "Homes are closely spaced, many with combustible roofing and siding materials. Trees are nestled close to buildings."

More information is available here.

— This story was updated at 11:43 a.m. Monday, June 1, 2020 with more information from West Kelowna Fire Rescue.

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