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Two families displaced after West Kelowna townhouse fire

December 29, 2019 - 8:37 AM

Eight children and four adults were forced from their homes Saturday night when two units of a West Kelowna townhouse fire were damaged.

Shortly after 9 pm Saturday, Dec. 29,  West Kelowna Fire crews responded to a fire in a townhouse complex in the 2400 block of Ingram Road.

"The first arriving Engine Company reported heavy smoke and visible flames coming from the back of the building," assistant fire chief Brent Watson said in a press release.

"Crews deployed hose lines to the rear of the structure and were able to quickly knock the fire down through a second storey window. Crews then entered the unit, making their way to the second floor back bedroom where the fire started, to extinguish hot spots and to search for extension into adjoining units."

The fire was contained to one unit, though two were damaged. Fire damage to the upstairs back bedroom was extensive, with water and smoke damage to the ground floor and one neighbouring unit.

Emergency Support Services were called in to care for the eight children and four adults displaced from the two impacted units.

"The fire is not suspicious and was accidental in nature," Watson said.

West Kelowna Fire Rescue reminds residents to exercise extreme caution when using candles and matches inside a home.

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