Kelowna families forced to leave their homes due to fire

House fires have forced at least two local families out of their homes.

House fires have forced at least two local families out of their homes.

The first  broke out at 8:47 a.m. Sunday at  2642 Monford Rd.

The Kelowna Fire Department responded to a 911 report of a fully engulfed residential structure fire.

“En route,  Incident Command upgraded the incident to a working second alarm fire,” said Kelly Stephens, of the Kelowna Fire Department.  “The fire destroyed the residence but crews managed to save the attached garage which held two collectable automobiles.”

Six people reside in residence but only two were home at the time.

The two men got out safely but did get taken into KGH by ambulance  to be checked over  along with the owner who showed up later and began having some health issues.

Emergency Social Services were called to  look after the residents .

Cause of the fire is undetermined at this time.  Kelowna Fire Dept. Investigator’s  will  complete investigation by tomorrow.

894 Finns Rd

The second happened at around 2:33 p.m.

Flames and smoke at 894 Finns Rd. were substantial that first arriving crews saw heavy black smoke and visible flame coming from inside the residence on their approach.

“Fire crews quickly extinguished the fire, but  the fire and smoke destroyed the residence making it uninhabitable,” said Stephens.

One persons was home at the time but got out without injury and no pets.

Emergency Social Services were called to  look after the resident. The cause of that fire was  a malfunctioning butane heater in residence.

The Kelowna Fire Department reminds everyone to properly use heaters this time of year as they can start serious fires even if attended.

 

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