Fire rips through West Kelowna home

The fire had already broken through several windows in the back of the residence and the fire was threatening to extend to the floor above.

  • Thu Nov 12th, 2015 3:00pm
  • News

At approximately 9:45 p.m. West Kelowna Fire Rescue responded to a report of a fire in a single family residence in the 3000 Block of Empire Place, located in the Lakeview Heights neighbourhood of West Kelowna.

When the first three-firefighter crew from Lakeview Heights arrived  on-scene they reported working fire conditions in the back of a single family residence.

“The fire had already broken through several windows in the back of the residence and the fire was threatening to extend to the floor above. The first-due crew quickly stretched attack lines to the back of the residence and hit the rapidly developing fire from the exterior. Once additional firefighters from Westbank were on-scene, firefighters transitioned in to the interior of residence where they were able to quickly knock-down the fire and began search and rescue work,” said Darren Lee, with the West Kelowna fire department.

The three residents and one pet at home at the time of the fire were able to safely escape the home when they were alerted by a functioning smoke alarm. The residents are in the care of Emergency Support Services for the evening. A fire investigation was started Wednesday night and will be continued in the morning.

The fire damage is located on the middle floor with smoke damage present on all three floors of the home.

In total, WKFR responded with 4 Engines and 2 Command Units for a total of 18 Firefighters on-scene with crews standing by in Lakeview Heights, Westbank and Glenrosa. WKFR was supported at the scene by West Kelowna RCMP, West Kelowna based BC Ambulance Paramedics, BC Hydro, Emergency Support Services and Fortis Gas.