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‘Smoking materials’ blamed for house fire

The burnt  remains of a home in the 600-block of Keefe Road in West Kelowna, which caught on fire early Tuesday morning.  - Sean Connor/Capital News
The burnt remains of a home in the 600-block of Keefe Road in West Kelowna, which caught on fire early Tuesday morning.
— image credit: Sean Connor/Capital News

Two people were pulled from a burning house by firefighters on Tuesday morning after they were called to an early morning fire in West Kelowna.

Fire crews from West Kelowna Fire Rescue were called to the 600-block of Keefe Road at 5:12 a.m. and arrived to find the top floor and garage fully involved with heavy fire, said assistant fire chief Kerry Klonteig.

“Initial reports from dispatch was that there were possible occupants still in the building,” said Klonteig.

“Once supporting units arrived, firefighters entered, did a search and located two male occupants still on the lower floor.

“They were brought out and given to the care of B.C. Ambulance Service.”

He says a total of four people were in the home at the time of the fire and are all okay. They are being cared for by Emergency Social Services.

Klonteig said the fire caused extensive damage to the top floor of the home, while the lower portion suffered smoke and water damage.

Damage from the fire is estimated at $200,000 and the property and its contents were insured, fire officials say.

Fire investigators concluded their investigation into the cause of the fire yesterday afternoon and say the flames were sparked by smoking materials that were in a couch.

They earlier said the cause is not considered to be suspicious.

cwierda@kelownacapnews.com

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