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Each Saturday, the Captial News will highlight popular stories from the week.

1. Kelowna firefighter Chris Zimmerman, badly burned in a huge fire last weekend that destroyed an unfinished six-storey condominium building and a nearby residential motel, is recovering in hospital and doing better each day, says his father.

Gerry Zimmermann, the city’s well-known former fire chief and a former city councillor, told the Kelowna Capital News on Thursday his son has regained feeling in his burned hands and can move them, both encouraging signs.

“He’s doing better and better each day,” said Gerry.

“We were worried he could lose the use of his hands.”

Chris Zimmermann was suffered burns to his hands, as well as to his back and his calves, while on the second floor of the under-construction second building at the Water’s Edge development in the Mission area of the city Saturday.

2. The Salmon Arm Observer reported a personal look at the new assisted dying service.

“Hello. This is Sally Scales. S-c-a-l-e-s. I’m in Salmon Arm and I am preparing to die tomorrow,” said the message on the voice mail.

The message was left overnight Monday, July 3 at the Salmon Arm Observer office.

Sally was one of the more than 400 British Columbians to use the Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) service since it became legal in Canada in June of 2016.

In her voice message, Sally said she was being blocked from using MAiD by her landlord because some tenants at Arbor Lodge seniors’ residence did not want it to happen there.

3. A murder victim has been identified by the Kelowna RCMP.

Police confirmed the identity of the body found inside the home destroyed by fire in the 900 block of Stockwell Avenue on April 1 and are calling the discovery a homicide.

The body has been identified as Michael Madsen, a 23-year-old Kelowna resident who lived at that house with other males at the time.

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