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Furnace explosion gives Kelowna resident a scare

Fire crews responded to a report of an explosion in a Knox Mountain home Friday. No fire resulted from the small dust explosion, which happened inside the furnace. - Wade Paterson/Capital News
Fire crews responded to a report of an explosion in a Knox Mountain home Friday. No fire resulted from the small dust explosion, which happened inside the furnace.
— image credit: Wade Paterson/Capital News

Two fire engines, a rescue truck and several police cars responded to a report of an explosion in a Knox Mountain home Friday.

According to Kelowna Fire Department platoon captain Laurie Serres, the woman who lives in the house phoned 911, then fled her home after hearing an explosion in her basement.

"The smoke alarms were activated also…we responded (with a) full complement, thinking it was going to be a fire," said Serres.

The platoon captain said there was no fire upon arrival. An investigation showed there was a dust explosion within the furnace.

Serres said the furnace may not necessarily be damaged, but the woman will need to get it serviced.

"It might just need cleaning, (but) she'll want to get things checked out…if the burners or the heat exchangers are damaged, that's when you can run into trouble."

Now that the weather is cooling down and homes are being heated again, Serres said it's important for residents to have their furnaces checked on a regular basis.

wpaterson@kelownacapnews.com

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