Small house fire evicts resident from home

A Penticton resident was forced out of his home at 1109 Killarney St. on Monday thanks to a small house fire.

By Shannon Quesnel

A Penticton resident has been forced out of his home thanks to a small house fire yesterday.

On Monday firefighters arrived at 1109 Killarney St. shortly after 12:59 p.m. to find neighbours talking in small groups and a house on fire.

Nearby resident Dawn Hayes does not know who called the fire department. She said she saw smoke pouring out from a small vent at the top of the gabled roof. 

The tenant was not at home Deputy Fire Chief Dave Spalding said. The RCMP had located the person at work and informed him what had happened.

On Monday six firefighters and two fire trucks quickly put out the blaze. Spalding said the fire might have started in the crawlspace but there is no official cause yet.

The next day the house was under observation to prevent unauthorized entry to the home. A fire investigator from Kamloops was due to arrive later that day.

Burned pieces of wood and charred pages from a child's colouring book could be seen on the front lawn. The home's exterior looked spotless and the well-groomed front yard appeared untouched.

Deputy Spalding said many of Killarney's homes were built during the Second World War. The one at 1109 Killarney St. was well renovated.

As for the tenant the deputy chief said British Columbia Emergency Social Services will pay for the person's temporary accommodations for up to three days.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Shannon Quesnel at or call 250-488-3065.

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