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Police investigating suspicious bush fire in Kelowna

April 07, 2021 - 9:23 AM

RCMP have been called to investigate a suspicious bush fire in Kelowna last night.

Firefighters responded after smoke was spotted in the June Springs Road area of East Kelowna at around 6:15 p.m. yesterday, April 6, according to a Kelowna Fire Department media release. A 50 by 50 metre Rank 3 bush fire was found about a kilometres up the Myra Canyon Forest Service Road.

Crews quickly put it out but not before the flames climbed several trees.

Because the fire is considered suspicious, RCMP have been called to investigate.

Another call came in at about 8 p.m. about a fire in a strip mall in the 2700 block of Highway 97 North.

Fire crews arrived to find heavy smoke in the business's warehouse and a fire burning in pallets and wood racking material behind the building.

Platoon Capt. John Kelly said in the release that the fire was caused by some rags that had been used for staining wood and self-ignited. It was confined to the pallets and racking material, and there was no structural damage.

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