West Kelowna resort catches fire

The Cove Lakeside Resort was evacuated today after resort staff found a smouldering kitchen fire.

WEST KELOWNA – A kitchen fire forced the evacuation of the Cove Lakeside Resort this afternoon.

Quick thinking resort staff members hit the blaze with extinguishers and evacuated the hotel immediately. There are no reported injuries, according to a media release from assistant fire chief Brent Watson.

At 12:15 p.m. today, April 2, West Kelowna Fire Rescue responded to the call at the resort located at 4205 Gellatly Rd.

Watson says crews were met with heavy smoke billowing from a third floor unit. A smouldering kitchen fire was the source of the heavy black smoke.

After using a thermal imaging camera to check walls and ceilings, crews used positive pressure fans to air out the smoke.

"We thank the Cove staff for their quick action in suppressing the fire with an extinguisher, and for conducting an orderly and effective evacuation according to the resort fire safety plan," Watson says in the release.

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