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Grease fire displaces Penticton family from home

Smoke surrounds a house in the 100 block of Braelyn Crescent after a kitchen fire on March 16, 2019.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Penticton Fire Department
March 17, 2019 - 11:00 AM

PENTICTON — Residents of a Penticton home were cooking French fries yesterday when a grease fire took hold of the kitchen, causing smoke damage that rendered the home temporarily unliveable.

Capt. Graham Gowe with Penticton Fire Rescue says crews were only a block away from the Braeyln Crescent fire when they got the call at about 3:20 p.m. Saturday, March 16.

“We had a quick knock down,” Gowe says over the phone. “It was contained to the kitchen.”

He says while there was no damage to the house itself the kitchen cabinets took the brunt of the blaze. There was also some heat and smoke damage on the main floor.

“The kitchen is totally unusable, but (the house) is just quite smoky,” he says.

The occupants, a mother and her young-adult sons, were not injured even after one young man had to jump out of a second story window to escape.

“The one son he was in the upstairs bedroom,” Gowe says. “He had to jump out the second floor window. He went off onto a landing and jumped off from there so he was fine.”

The family is being put up with Emergency Support Services for 72 hours while they figure out their living conditions as the house gets cleaned up.

Gowe says this is not his first call to a kitchen grease fire. He has seen cases where dumping frozen French fries into a deep fryer creates a “kind of explosive” effect at first, as the ice melts and water reacts with the hot oil.

“It can be quite violent sometimes,” he says


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