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Penticton firefighters called to apartment fire

Penticton firefighters battled a blaze in the scooter room of a Winnipeg Street apartment late yesterday evening, June 2, 2021.
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June 03, 2021 - 10:01 AM

Residents of a Winnipeg Street apartment complex had their evening interrupted by fire last night.

Penticton Fire Chief Larry Watkinson says the department was called to a structure fire at 424 Winnipeg St. around 11:15 p.m. yesterday, June 2, to find heavy smoke emanating from the parkade area.

Firefighters located the fire burning in a storage bunker that housed mobility scooters.

Quick action limited the fire to the storage area. Some residents were treated on scene for smoke inhalation and exhaustion, but emergency social services did not need to be activated and residents were allowed to return to the homes, Watkinson says.

No injuries were reported.

“A well maintained apartment building with working smoke alarms and fire doors not pinned open saved this building from burning to the ground. This is a very well maintained facility and you can tell they take a lot of pride in the building. It definitely held up in this fire, based on that,” Watkinson says.

Investigation into the cause of the fire continues.

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