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Motorhome fire near Rotary Beach

A problem with the air-conditioning unit is the suspected cause of a fire that destroyed a motorhome parked in the driveway of the manager of the Shasta Mobile Home Park in Kelowna Wednesday morning. - Alistair Waters/Capital News
A problem with the air-conditioning unit is the suspected cause of a fire that destroyed a motorhome parked in the driveway of the manager of the Shasta Mobile Home Park in Kelowna Wednesday morning.
— image credit: Alistair Waters/Capital News

Kelowna Fire Department firefighters were called out to the Shasta Mobile Home Park on Lakeshore Road Wednesday morning to extinguish a blaze that engulfed the front half a motorhome sitting on the driveway of the park manager's residence.

The manager, who declined to be identified or make any further comment, would only confirm it was his motorhome that burned.

According to KFD Capt. Scott Clarke, the call came in shortly after 11 a.m. and when fire crews arrived the motorhome was fully engulfed in flame at the front end. He said the manager told fire crews  he saw smoke coming out from below the passenger side  and called the fire department.

Clarke said it appears the fire may have started in the motorhome's air conditioning unit.

Because firefighters had to hook up to a nearby hydrant located across the street from the mobile home park, they closed the section of Lakeshore Road in front of the park and Rotary Beach temporarily in order to run their water lines across the street.

No injuries were reported and the fire was contained to just the motor home, said Clarke..

The fire department had 10 firefighters and two fire trucks on scene during the blaze.

Despite his loss, the manager seemed to take it stride, even joking that he would now try to sell the destroyed motorhome with the provision that it needed " a little work."

A man standing talking with the manager chimed in, "now that would be a fire sale."

 

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