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One person taken to hospital after Vernon duplex fire

Vernon Fire Department
April 03, 2021 - 10:13 AM

One person was sent to the hospital and more have been displaced following a Vernon duplex fire that occurred yesterday afternoon.

Vernon Fire Rescue Services was called to the structure fire at roughly 3:30 p.m., April 2. Firefighters received reports that smoke and flames were coming from a duplex in the 5000 block of 27th Avenue, according to rescue services' press release.

Firefighters confirmed at least one of the two units had a fire inside on the ground level and quickly pulled a line and knocked the fire down from the front entrance area, according to the fire rescue service.

Once additional resources were on scene, firefighters were able to enter the duplex to extinguish hot spots and confirm there was no extension into other parts of the building.

“All occupants of the duplex were outside when emergency crews arrived,”  deputy fire chief Scott Hemstad said in a news release. “The occupants were assessed by B.C. Ambulance Service members and one person was taken to hospital with undetermined injuries.”

The duplex's residents will be displaced while a fire investigation takes place. The residents are receiving assistance through the city’s Emergency Support Services program.

“The unit that contained the fire has sustained heavy smoke damage and some fire damage. The adjacent unit has also sustained some smoke damage,” Hemstad said.

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP, BC Ambulance Service, BC Hydro and Fortis BC were on scene. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time and under investigation, according to the fire service.


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