An empty house on Alexander Court in West Kelowna suffered significant smoke damage from a suspicious early morning blaze.
West Kelowna Fire Rescue was informed of the fire at 5:25 a.m. Tuesday, and crews from the Lakeview Heights, Rose Valley, Westbank and Glenrosa Stations responded.
“On our arrival, heavy smoke was seen coming from the house,” said Jason Brolund, West Kelowna fire chief.
“A search of the residence found that there were no occupants home at the time. The fire was contained to the first floor although there is smoke damage throughout the home….The cause of the fire is under investigation and has been deemed to be suspicious. Investigators from the Fire Department will be working alongside the RCMP on the cause determination investigation today.”
Attending the scene were 14 firefighters including four engines and two command vehicles responded along with crews from the RCMP, BC Ambulance, Fortis Gas, BC Hydro and WFN Utilities.
Brolund added that fires can take place at any time, “if you and your family are asleep when a fire starts, a smoke alarm is your lifeline. Please take a moment to check that yours is working and if you need help, let the fire department know.”