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Occupants escape Rutland house fire

The Kelowna Fire Department responded to an early morning blaze Monday that left a Rutland family on the street.

Just after 1 a.m. firefighters were called to a house at 1036 Rutland Road North.

When they arrived, crews found fire on the second floor balcony, extending up the outside of the two-storey home and into the attic.

Three engines, one rescue vehicle, one command unit and 16 fire fighters responded with assistance from B.C. Ambulance and the RCMP.

Fire fighters quickly brought the blaze under control, saving the structure from being destroyed, but it was badly damaged.

The occupants, four adults and one child escaped uninjured.

Fire investigators were to be on scene in the Monday to determine the cause of the fire, which was initially not thought to be suspicious.

A damage estimate has yet to be determined.

Because of the damage to the building, the residents of the home could not return and were in the care of Emergency Support Services.

The Kelowna Fire Department is reminding the public to test smoke alarms regularly.

 

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