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Firefighters rescue child and adult from house fire in West Kelowna

Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Chad Gartrell via City of West Kelowna
September 01, 2018 - 3:51 PM

WEST KELOWNA - Everyone got out alive of a West Kelowna house fire today after first responders got on scene.

Just before 8:30 a.m. today Sept. 1, West Kelowna Fire Rescue was dispatched to a residential structure fire with occupants trapped.  When crews arrived they confirmed that people were still in the back bedroom on the second floor.

The firefighters from Lakeview Heights and Westbank made a quick entry into the structure for fire control and to conduct a primary search. They were supported by crews from Rosevalley and Glenrosa.

The firefighters found one unresponsive child and one disoriented adult still inside the house that they carried out to awaiting crews on the front lawn to begin first aid. 

The child and adult both responded to the treatment and were transported under the advanced care of B.C. Ambulance Service to Kelowna General Hospital.

In total three adults and two children were transported to hospital by ambulance. One adult and one child from the basement suite managed to escape with only minor injuries while assisting other tenants out of the building.

Both the homeowner and tenants were insured at the time of this incident.

A media release describes it as, “a very difficult incident” and says, “timely decisions made by first arriving officers made all the difference in the outcome of this incident.”

The cause of the fire at this point is undetermined and still under investigation.  Firefighters would like to remind homeowners to ensure there are working smoke alarms on all floors and in every bedroom as well.

West Kelowna Fire Rescue responded with four Engines and one command unit with a total of 14 members. B.C. Ambulance Service responded with five ambulances, RCMP with two members, one crew from both Fortis Gas and Hydro.

In the release West Kelowna Fire Rescue says they "would like to thank all agencies for their assistance with this incident."

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