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Fire in Osoyoos triggers water quality advisory

Firefighters working to put out the blaze.
Image Credit: Photo by Ron Hiller - Facebook Anarchist Mountain Fire Department

Osoyoos has put out a water quality advisory following a fire on Main Street on Friday.

Loco Amigos, an adventure and kayak touring company, caught fire on March 1.

Osoyoos Fire Rescue, Anarchist Mountain Fire Department and the Oliver Fire Department worked together to contain the blaze and limit the damage to surrounding structures.

“The training, drive and dedication of our paid-on-call volunteer firefighters needs to be recognized.  They tear themselves away from their private lives to protect yours and today they sacrificed their personal health, safety to make the chaos better,” Osoyoos Fire Rescue said in a statement.

The cause of the fire, or status of any investigation is unknown at the moment.

Loco Amigos owner Ted Brooks took to social media.

"My heart's kinda broke," he said in a post. "I best try to sleep, I've got a lot work to do. I'll see you all in the spring! Forever forward, Loco Amigos!"

There is now a water quality advisory in town due to damage caused by the fire.

“People with weakened immune systems and wishing additional protection should take precautions when drinking, washing fruits & vegetables, making beverages or ice, or brushing teeth,” the town said in its advisory.

Residents have been advised to bring water to a rolling boil for a minute before use, or use an alternate water source for the time being.

The town has not provided a timeline for when the water advisory will be lifted.


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