Update: Kelowna Fire Department to provide Legacy Apartment fire update

A statement from deputy fire chief Lou Wilde indicates the fire started from a barbecue on the second floor

  • Jul. 17, 2013 10:00 a.m.
Firefighters secure their equipment before battling the flames at Legacy Apartments in Rutland Tuesday evening.

Firefighters secure their equipment before battling the flames at Legacy Apartments in Rutland Tuesday evening.

The people cooking dinner on the second floor of the Legacy Apartments knew the fire in their BBQ was out of control and fled before trying to put it out, the fire department said.

Within a few short minutes, it spread up the side of the building and into the roof, likely aided by an exploding propane tank on the third floor balcony immediately above—although, fire investigators have yet to confirm this detail.

There is, thus, extensive fire damage to the second floor apartment involved, the third floor apartment above it and every apartment on the fourth floor as the roof is entirely gone.

Much of the rest of the condos in the building suffered water and smoke damage. There is no word yet on whether the building is a write off.

Complete story to follow.

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The Kelowna Fire Department says it will update residents on the status of the Legacy Apartment fire at 11 a.m. this morning.

One of the two Legacy Apartment buildings, the 52-unit new structure, burned in a large blaze that began at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday evening and had fire crews working well into the night.

Some 70 residents from 30-plus condos have registered with Emergency Social Services needed help with things like food, shelter and clothing in the aftermath of a fire that started so quickly many left without basic necessities.

The fourth floor of the building was gutted by fire and many of the other units sustained serious water damage. The fire department has yet to say whether the old Rutland Elementary School, a heritage building incorporated in the development, sustained any smoke or water damage.

The RCMP’s arson investigation team is on scene assisting the fire department in trying to determine what happened.

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