Kiwanis Tower evacuated

Seniors who were evacuated from Kiwanis Tower in the wee hours of Tuesday morning are banding together to find a better solution to any future emergencies.

“We’re going to meet about the safety procedures and many in the building here have decided to pack an emergency kit, so the next time something like this goes on; you grab it and you’re gone,” said resident Robert Erdely.

Shortcomings in the procedure were highlighted when, just after 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, fire crews reacted to a smell of rotten eggs and evacuated 111 residents.

In some buildings around the city, it may have been less of an issue, but at the Kiwanis Tower many of the tenants struggle with mobility.

“I had no concerns for myself,” said Erdely. “I was concerned about some of the old people…one woman fell and twisted her ankle, so she was taken by ambulance, and people with walkers weren’t comfortable heading down 13 flights.” Some, he said, didn’t even bother evacuating.

Once outside, 96 chose to be bused to the Salvation Arm, while the remaining 15 residents stayed at the scene.

“My good friends at the 7-Eleven gave lots of these people free coffee, and some buses came by to take the weak to go to the Salvation Army, which was nice,” he said.

Erdely was one of the first to get back into the building at around 2:30 a.m. after fire crews ensured it was ventilated.

Kelowna fire department platoon captain Tim Light, said the origin of the odour remains unknown.



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