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Unattended candle sparks house fire in West Kelowna


No one was home when an unattended candle sparked a fire in a West Kelowna home Sunday.

Lionel Bateman, assistant fire chief with West Kelowna Fire Rescue, said two engines with a safety officer and nine firefighters responded to the call in the 3000-block of Stone Ridge Drive shortly before 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8.

"Crews arrived to find a small fire on the main floor. The first arriving crew was able to quickly extinguish the fire and commence ventilation," Bateman said in a press release. "There were no occupants at home on arrival and no pets. The fire damage was minimal; however, smoke damage to the home was considerable."

Bateman urged extra care when using candles during the holiday season and suggested using battery-operated flameless candles as an alternative.

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