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Tree catches fire in Rutland

Mattress starts fire near Hwy. 33 and Bryden Rd.
(Brittany Webster/Capital News)

Anyone smelling smoke on the morning of July 13 in Rutland, here’s why.

Four fire engines responded just before 11a.m. to a spreading fire in the area of Highway 33 and Bryden Road, where people experiencing homelessness had allegedly taken up residence.

Inspector Paul Johnson told Capital News that a mattress had caught on fire, causing sparks among tree needles, eventually making its way up a tree.

The fire was quickly under control by first responders and put out.

Johnson added that recent rains mixed with upcoming dry and hot temperatures are a cause for concern.

(Brittany Webster/Capital News)
(Brittany Webster/Capital News)

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Jake Courtepatte

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Editor of Kelowna Capital News & West K News since February 2022. I have spent the majority of my career working in the Toronto area as both a sports reporter and a general reporter.
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