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Penticton firefighters extinguish blaze at abandoned house

There was a fire at an abandoned house on Arnott Place in Penticton Friday, Dec. 9, 2022.
Image Credit: TWITTER/Penticton Fire Chief

Members of the Penticton Fire Department started their day by putting out a fire at an abandoned house.

The fire was quickly knocked down and no one was found inside after a search of the Arnott Place property, according to a Tweet by Penticton Fire Chief Larry Watkinson. The public is being asked to avoid the area as emergency crews are still working.

Shortly before 9 a.m., Watkinson told he was on his way to investigate.

He said the call came in shortly before 8 a.m., and about 20 firefighters responded. 

The fire was burning at the back of the building before it climbed up the exterior and into the attic space, Watkinson said.

But it wasn’t long before crews took care of it.

“It was a very strong knock down,” he said.

And although nobody was found inside, firefighters still have to consider additional risks when searching houses that may be lived in by squatters, Watkinson said.

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