Steamy business: Kelowna fire crews called to false alarm at condo complex

(Phil McLachlan - Capital News)(Phil McLachlan - Capital News)
(Phil McLachlan - Capital News)
(Phil McLachlan - Capital News)

UPDATE: 8:50 p.m.

What was initially thought to be smoke turned out to be nothing but steam at a Kelowna condo complex on Friday evening.

Multiple engines responded to Abbott House just after 8 p.m. for what was initially reported as a structure fire but turned out to be a malfunctioning heat pump from the basement.

Due to the malfunction, steam filled the building, prompting residents to call in the fire department.

Technicians are on the way to the scene and most fire crews have left. Those that are remaining on scene are assisting with ventilating the building.


Kelowna fire crews are responding to reports of smoke at Abbott House condo complex on Friday evening.

Firefighters responded to the scene at 2901 Abbott Street around 8:15 p.m and are now stationed at the western corner of Abbott and West Avenue.

The call came in as a possible structure fire, prompting six engines to attend the scene but no flames were showing upon their arrival. Four engines have since been called off.

Crews are now inside the building looking for the source of the smoke.

More to come.

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