Workshop lost in fire

Fire officials believe the cause of a blaze that destroyed a Hitchner Road shed and workshop on Saturday morning was accidental.

The exact cause was to be under investigation on Tuesday, and results of that investigation were not known at press deadline.

West Kelowna fire crews were first called to the property in the 4000-block of Hitchner Road shortly after 1 a.m. on Saturday and arrived to find the shed “fully involved” with fire.

“Heavy black smoke and flames were venting through the roof and windows of the workshop,” said assistant fire chief Darren Lee.

As well, several homes were threatened by flames and needed to be protected, fire officials say.

“The initial arriving crew was able to prevent any further damage to exposed homes by placing an exposure line between the shed and the home,” said Lee.

When additional firefighters arrived, they were able to safely put out the fire from the exterior.

“The fire has been determined as accidental,” said Lee. “The shed and workshop appear to be a total loss and there was considerable radiant heat damage to one home.”


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