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Vernon fire crews extinguish early morning apartment fire

Vernon firefighters extinguished a fire at a Vernon apartment early this morning. According to a Fire Rescue Services media release, firefighters were called to the apartment 2900 block of 43 Avenue shortly before 5 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020 and found a "heavily involved fire" burning on the main floor of the two-storey apartment building.
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December 08, 2020 - 8:48 AM

Vernon firefighters extinguished a fire at a Vernon apartment early this morning.

According to a Fire Rescue Services media release, firefighters were called to the apartment 2900 block of 43 Avenue shortly before 5 a.m. today, Dec. 8, and found a "heavily involved fire" burning on the main floor of the two-storey apartment building.

"It appears the fire started on the balcony of a main floor suite," fire chief David Lind said in the release. "Due to the nature of the fire, we called for additional resources, but the firefighters who were first on the scene did a great job of knocking the fire down quickly, which kept it from spreading to neighbouring units or the second floor."

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP and BC Ambulance were also on scene and one person was taken to hospital.

While an evacuation took place, not everyone was willing to leave the apartment.

"When the fire alarm rings, it’s time to get out," Lind said. "The safety of our citizens and our emergency responders is paramount and when there’s a fire, time is of the essence. You must leave quickly."

The cause of the fire is currently unknown and an investigation will now take place.


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