UPDATE: Fire on Eldorado Road in south Kelowna

A fire in the 400 block of Eldorado Road caused some damage to a neighbouring house as well. - Jennifer Smith/Capital News
A fire in the 400 block of Eldorado Road caused some damage to a neighbouring house as well.
— image credit: Jennifer Smith/Capital News

A woman stood wrapped in a blanket on the lawn of an Eldorado Road home Monday morning after a small explosion in the carport lit her home, and the home beside, on fire.

The blaze started in the two-storey house at 960 Eldorado Road, where four occupants live and was called into the fire department at 11:02 a.m.

"The first engine arrived at 11:06 and reported that there was smoke and flame coming from a single story residence and there was fire exposure to a neighboring  garage," said Lawrence Serres, Kelowna Fire Department platoon captain.

Neighbours described hearing an explosion before discovered flames were climbing into the rafters of the attached garage.

Hydro had to be cut to two buildings in the aftermath as the fire took out most of the original home's carport, a cedar hedge beside, several tall trees and impacted the siding on the neighbouring house.

Speculation on site indicated an ignition source may have spurred an explosion when it connected with sawdust around the home in a similar manner to what has occurred in several B.C. sawmills this year. The fire department did not release any information on the cause of the balze, however.

"The family of four is being assisted by ESS as some electrical and structural work will need to done before they will be able to move back in," Serres said.

The investigation continues on scene.


UPDATE: Apparently two homes were affected by the explosion and fire.

At 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 9, a report of a small explosion and visible flames were reported at a home on Eldorado Road.

Unconfirmed reports had a carport on fire.

The flames were allegedly knocked down by firefighters within minutes of their arrival at the scene.

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