West Kelowna resident saved from burning home

Firefighters conducted an immediate search and quickly located the occupant, who has limited mobility, just inside the front door.

  • Aug. 13, 2016 1:00 p.m.

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West Kelowna Fire Rescue saved an area resident from their burning modular home at Westview Village early Saturday morning.

Engine 31 from Westbank was the first WKFR unit on scene and reported heavy smoke coming from the back of the home.

“Firefighters conducted an immediate search and quickly located the occupant, who has limited mobility, just inside the front door. The occupant was shaken, but uninjured, and was turned over to BC Ambulance Paramedics for assessment and treatment,” said assistant West Kelowna fire chief, Brent Watson, in a press release.

“With the occupant safely out of the home, firefighters conducted an aggressive interior attack towards the back bedroom, where they encountered heavy smoke and flames.”

The fire, which had extended into an adjoining room, was quickly knocked down with hand lines. Subsequent crews from Engine 32, Engine 34 and Pump 31 completed overhaul and doused the remaining hotspots.

The fire is under investigation but is not deemed suspicious. A total of sixteen WKFR firefighters attended the scene, supported by additional firefighters on standby at Stations 31 (Westbank), 32 (Lakeview Heights) and 33 (Rosevalley).

There were no injuries to either people or pets, and the occupant is staying with friends. Damage to the home is estimated at $50,000.


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