UPDATE: Family displaced after fire destroys home near Shuswap Lake

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SHUSWAP - A house fire in the Shuswap last night has displaced a family with a baby.

Around 9:30 p.m., Aug. 11, a fire on Sunnybrae Canoe Point Road near Herald Provincial Park on Shuswap Lake was reported.

Shuswap Emergency Program coordinator Cliff Doherty says a couple and their baby were able to escape the fire. However, their home and a shed has been destroyed.

"My information is no injuries whatsoever," Doherty says.

The family have housing for now and are coordinating with their insurance company.

Flames from the fire were very visble in the area, he says, and many people called 911 about the fire. 

The Tappen Sunnybrae, Shuswap and White Lake fire departments responded, with 25 firefighters sent to the scene. Because trees also caught on fire near the blaze, the B.C. Wildfire Service also sent around six personel, he says.

The blaze was contained by 11:30 p.m. though crews remained to mop up the hot spots overnight.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

— This story was updated at 1 p.m., Friday, Aug. 12, 2016 to confirm the house had been destroyed.


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