Vernon firefighters tackle a fire in the end unit of the Blue Skies Co-op on Bella Vista Road Friday afternoon. (Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star)

House fire forces out mom and daughter

Structure fire in Vernon housing complex Friday afternoon

A mother and daughter managed to escape unharmed after a fire broke out at their townhome.

Firefighters remain on scene at the blaze inside one of the units of the Blue Skies Co-Op on Bella Vista Road.

“We had a report of smoke in a residence,” said Vernon Fire Rescue Services deputy chief Scott Hemstad, “The occupant evacuated with her daughter safely.”

Upon arrival, firefighters saw smoke billowing from the roof of the multiple-housing complex

“Flames and smoke were coming from the first floor and outside and into the attic space,” said Hemstad, as crews worked to contain the damage to the initial unit, but there was smoke damage to the attic space of a neighbour.

None of the occupants were injured but the the mother and daughter will be without a home for some time.

‘They are going to be out for a while, their unit suffered extensive damage,” said Hemstad.

The investigation is underway into the cause of the blaze.

Check back for updates as they become available.


Residents of the Blue Skies Co-op on Bella Vista Road watch as the Vernon Fire Rescue Services tackle a blaze in one of their units Friday afternoon. (Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star)

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