Midnight duplex fire forces two Kelowna families from their homes

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KELOWNA – Two families were forced from their homes in Kelowna this morning after an unattended candle started a fire.

Kelowna Fire Department Platoon Capt. Kelly Stephens says crews arrived at the 1300 block of Bernard Avenue shortly after midnight, Feb. 13 to find five-metre flames coming from the rear second floor of the duplex.

“Fire crews battled the flames from the exterior to quickly contain and knock down the fire and a second hose line inside to knock down hot spots,” Stephens says in a media release. “Unfortunately, extensive fire damage did extend... to the interior second floor of the home and into the roof/attic space.”

Nine adults lived in the duplex with one infant, a dog and a cat. One man was taken to Kelowna General Hospital with minor smoke inhalation and all remain in the care of Emergency Social Services.

“The cause of the fire was from an unattended candle,” Stephens says.

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