West Kelowna fire department douse late night blaze

West Kelowna Fire Rescue responded to a report of smoke in a commercial building at around 11:15 p.m. Wednesday night.

  • Apr. 30, 2014 6:00 a.m.

West Kelowna Fire Rescue responded to a report of smoke in a commercial building at around  11:15 p.m. Wednesday night.

When the first crew arrived to the 1100 block of Stevens Road they found a single unit of the multi-unit commercial occupancy, full of smoke.

“The fire was burning near the back of the suite. Smoke had already spread to adjoining units and the roof of the large structure via the buildings HVAC system and common attic space,” said Darren Lee, the assistant chief of West Kelowna Fire Rescue.

“Crews were able to knock down the main body of fire with an offensive interior fire attack. Once the fire was under control, crews worked to protect the attached units from fire, smoke and water damage.”

Lee said no occupants were in the building at the time of the incident and no injuries were reported.

“The cause of the fire is not known at this point but it is believed to be accidenta,” he said. “A fire watch crew will remain on scene through the night monitoring for hot spots. Fire investigators will attend the scene in the morning to complete their fire cause and origin investigation. No injuries were reported at the time of the incident.”

A total of 5 Engines, 1 Squad and 2 Command Vehicles attended the incident putting a total of 23 firefighters on the scene. West Kelowna Fire Rescue was supported by West Kelowna RCMP, BC Ambulance, BC Hydro and Terasen Gas.

 

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